Agile Development & Business Goals
The Six Week SolutionBy
- Bill Holtsnider, Senior Writer at ClickFox with more than 26 years of experience working in the computer industry.
- Tom Wheeler, VP of Research and Development at ClickFox; he has built, sold and been a senior manager in software development companies for more than 20 years.
- George Stragand, Director of Software Development at ClickFox; for over 20 years he has been producing and managing the delivery of commercial software on time.
- Joe Gee, Senior Software Architect at ClickFox with more than 10 years of experience leading and coaching Agile development teams.
Agile Development and Business Goals describes a unique, state-of-the-art methodology that aligns the critical but often "silo-ed" software development process with core company goals. Eschewing long-winded "agile philosophy" in favor of a formally prioritized process, this book serves as a distilled learning guide for managing technical resources in a manner that directly boosts your bottom line. Build the teams, define the roles, acquire the tools, and deliver your world-class software on time and on budget.
Professionals involved with business process and workflow modeling; IT leaders, including CIOs, CTOs, and COOs; enterprise architects and information systems architects; business modelers and business process professionals in IT and business management consulting; lead computer software engineers working on systems software.
Paperback, 256 Pages
Published: July 2010
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
The ability to think of software development as a part of the business is lacking in far too many organizations. Many CIOs report to the COO or even the CFO - as opposed to the CEO. Technology is only going to become more and more important in the coming years, and the organizations that are able to align this to their financial needs and delivery needs are the ones that will succeed in the new economy.- Steve Ropa, Agile Consultant, VersionOne
The ability to show and understand the alignment of a business sector bottom line to these methodologies will give companies some support in leaping the chasm to true Agile development.
This book addresses a much neglected gap between the technical and business aspects of software development. I recommend it for C-levels and project leads as well. It would also be a useful tool for the senior management that will be responsible for implementing such a solution.
All agile practitioners dream of achieving development flywheels that yield high-value features on a predictable cadence. While todays hubbub about Agile promises this, achieving it and then sustaining on-going momentum are difficult to say the least.The Six Week Solution provides focus and solutions to many factors that must be addressed for high output teams. The pragmatic approaches found in the book can be directly adopted for new teams or, in some cases, adapted to improve existing agile operations. I recommend it as useful reading for those wanting a better understanding of the dynamics found in an agile-centered company.
- Bill Wood, VP, Product Development, Ping Identity
Chapter 1 Introduction: Ask Yourself These 10 Key Questions
Chapter 2 The Problem: Why Software Projects FailChapter 3 The Expectations: What It Means for Software to Succeed
Chapter 4 Overview of the Six Week SolutionChapter 5 The Solutions Critical Pieces
Chapter 6 Managing the Cost of ChangeChapter 7 Assuring Software Quality
Chapter 8 Integrating Automation into Your Development ProcessChapter 9 Other Software Development Approaches
Chapter 10 Risks with Using This ApproachChapter 11 Transitioning to the Six Week Solution
Chapter 12 ConclusionsGlossary