Agile Development & Business Goals

The Six Week Solution


  • 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: The Six-Week Solution is a guide for the software development process, which can be challenging, difficult, and time-consuming. This process, called the “Agile” process, is unique, and it features several aspects that distinguish it from the classical methods of software development. The book offers readers information about the design, implementation, and management of the different methods of creating world-class software. The book discusses the various reasons that the development of software is a difficult process, and it addresses how software development sometimes fails and why it seldom aligns with business needs. It further examines the risk associated with software creation and the different ways to mitigate them. This book is relevant to software development managers responsible for creating quality software products, and managing software development teams.
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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.


Book information

  • Published: June 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-381520-0


The ability to think of software development as a part of the business is lacking in far too many organizations.  Many CIO’s 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.

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.

- Steve Ropa, Agile Consultant, VersionOne

All agile practitioners dream of achieving development flywheels that yield high-value features on a predictable cadence. While today’s 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

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction: Ask Yourself These 10 Key Questions

Chapter 2 The Problem: Why Software Projects Fail

Chapter 3 Expectations: What It Means for Software to Succeed

Chapter 4 Overview of the Six Week Solution

Chapter 5 The Solution’s Critical Pieces

Chapter 6 Managing the Cost of Change

Chapter 7 Assuring Software Quality

Chapter 8 Integrating Automation into Your Development Process

Chapter 9 Other Software Development Approaches

Chapter 10 Risks with Using This Approach

Chapter 11 Transitioning to the Six Week Solution

Chapter 12 Conclusions