- Series: Agile Software Development Series
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (November 25, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321821726
- ISBN-13: 978-0321821720
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development: How HP Transformed LaserJet FutureSmart Firmware (Agile Software Development Series) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Gary Gruver is formerly the Director of Engineering for HP’s LaserJet Core Firmware Lab, and he worked at HP for 22 years. He is currently VP of Release, QA, and Operations at macys.com. Any major initiative needs a true business sponsor—someone who has truly caught the vision of agile, and who can make the business and financial decisions necessary to get huge breakthroughs to happen. Gary has also been able to bring a “manage to metrics” approach that rallies everyone to common measurable objectives without requiring lots of meeting and coordination overhead. Of course, his most critical role is buying lunch during particularly busy sprints for anyone working weekends to finish off key features. His favorite hobbies are cycling and skiing with family (he’s married with two daughters).
Mike Young is the program manager directing day-to-day efforts across our many distributed teams at HP’s LaserJet Core Firmware Lab. Mike has been involved in development of HP LaserJet Printers for 18 years, and he previously designed satellite control systems for Hughes Aircraft Company. He also is one of the strongest advocates of agile approaches and helped get the organization started down this path before anyone really knew we were doing agile. His hobbies are family (he’s married, with two daughters and two sons) and playing racquetball. In agile, we’ve found that a program manager should spend most of his/her time watching the metrics and quietly coordinating behind-the-scenes to cater to the bottleneck. In our sprint checkpoints, we tend to minimize slideware and maximize problem solving and demos of new user stories.
Pat Fulghum is architect of the HP LaserJet FutureSmart firmware and its development team’s agile toolset. Pat’s been at HP for 24 years. He found out during the past few years that his favorite escape is scuba diving in Maui with his family (he is married and has a son and a daughter). A large-scale agile initiative requires a central architect who can help maintain architectural integrity amid many pressures to do otherwise (which keeps the system enabled for the future) and who has the vision for making sure the architecture supports both firmware development and qualification. Pat still loves to get in and dig deep to solve vexing technical challenges. He also loves to find developer productivity improvements (build time, triage time) and has been the passion behind our “10x productivity improvement” vision.
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This book gives both a great overview of that, along with a lot of practical "how-to" possibilities which helps tremendously to understand how a 400-person, global and multi-site embedded software organization can transform to scaled agile practices and principles. I highly recommend it to any leaders in any organization that is considering CI/CD, automation, and agile.
One big advantage of this book is that they come at the whole question of agile transformation in a very out-of-the-box way. As they state in the book, they didn't go out and get agile consultants involved at the start, so their path is atypical and therefore provides and alternate perspective to what you might run across when looking at other scaled agile literature, such as with the SAFe, LeSS, or DaD frameworks, with some good practical insights on how to manage overall technical architecture, business level prioritization and scheduling, CI/CD test automation, and many similar topics.
Well structured, an easy read that you won't want to put down (if you are crazy like me and like this kind of stuff!) and heartily recommended.
I don't think all of the elements they use as selling points will change everyones mind (i.e. if your leadership is set on existing methodologies, this won't convert them easily), but provide some good talking points to people who are ready and open for change.
Overall, this is an "OK" book, but if you are trying to go from novice-to-expert in your agile/scrum knowledge, I suggest checking out Essential Scrum by Mike Cohn. If you are looking for a book that provides some insight into how other companies implement agile/scrum in real scenarios, this is a good example.
Do not read this book expecting to find a recipe for how you should “implement agile” or complete an “agile transformation” in your enterprise. Rather examine the processes and principles by which HP reached their successful outcomes (some of which they highlight as being somewhat counter to accepted agile thinking).
But do read this book.
If you backup from large scale agile development you come to the start - software development values and principles.
This book focuses on the business needs, innovation and responsiveness, creating and diffusing new knowledge within a team and with your customers AND how to tap into those strengths. The book does a great job of sharing their business context, the decisions they made, the tools they used, the processes they designed/redesigned, the practices they evolved and new metrics they created. The secret sauce stuff! Read this book to come away with new ideas, best practices and approaches to managing change in your journey in moving towards enterprise agility. Enjoy!
As recommendation I think to make it more inspiring, it should include more visual elements.