Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises

Book description

“Companies have been implementing large agile projects for a number of years, but the ‘stigma’ of ‘agile only works for small projects’ continues to be a frequent barrier for newcomers and a rallying cry for agile critics. What has been missing from the agile literature is a solid, practical book on the specifics of developing large projects in an agile way. Dean Leffingwell’s book Scaling Software Agility fills this gap admirably. It offers a practical guide to large project issues such as architecture, requirements development, multi-level release planning, and team organization. Leffingwell’s book is a necessary guide for large projects and large organizations making the transition to agile development.”
–Jim Highsmith, director, Agile Practice, Cutter Consortium, author of Agile Project Management

“There’s tension between building software fast and delivering software that lasts, between being ultra-responsive to changes in the market and maintaining a degree of stability. In his latest work, Scaling Software Agility, Dean Leffingwell shows how to achieve a pragmatic balance among these forces. Leffingwell’s observations of the problem, his advice on the solution, and his description of the resulting best practices come from experience: he’s been there, done that, and has seen what’s worked.”
–Grady Booch, IBM Fellow

Agile development practices, while still controversial in some circles, offer undeniable benefits: faster time to market, better responsiveness to changing customer requirements, and higher quality. However, agile practices have been defined and recommended primarily to small teams. In Scaling Software Agility, Dean Leffingwell describes how agile methods can be applied to enterprise-class development.

  • Part I provides an overview of the most common and effective agile methods.

  • Part II describes seven best practices of agility that natively scale to the enterprise level.

  • Part III describes an additional set of seven organizational capabilities that companies can master to achieve the full benefits of software agility on an enterprise scale.

  • This book is invaluable to software developers, testers and QA personnel, managers and team leads, as well as to executives of software organizations whose objective is to increase the quality and productivity of the software development process but who are faced with all the challenges of developing software on an enterprise scale.



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    Part I: Overview of Software Agility
    Chapter 1: Introduction to Agile Methods
    Chapter 2: Why the Waterfall Model Doesn’t Work
    Chapter 3: The Essence of XP
    Chapter 4: The Essence of Scrum
    Chapter 5: The Essence of RUP
    Chapter 6: Lean Software, DSDM, and FDD
    Chapter 7: The Essence of Agile
    Chapter 8: The Challenge of Scaling Agile
    Part II: Seven Agile Team Practices That Scale
    Chapter 9: The Define/Build/Test Component Team
    Chapter 10: Two Levels of Planning and Tracking
    Chapter 11: Mastering the Iteration
    Chapter 12: Smaller, More Frequent Releases
    Chapter 13: Concurrent Testing
    Chapter 14: Continuous Integration
    Chapter 15: Regular Reflection and Adaptation
    Part III: Creating the Agile Enterprise
    Chapter 16: Intentional Architecture
    Chapter 17: Lean Requirements at Scale: Vision, Roadmap, and Just-in-Time Elaboration
    Chapter 18: Systems of Systems and the Agile Release Train
    Chapter 19: Managing Highly Distributed Development
    Chapter 20: Impact on Customers and Operations
    Chapter 21: Changing the Organization
    Chapter 22: Measuring Business Performance
    Conclusion: Agility Works at Scale


    Product information

    • Title: Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises
    • Author(s):
    • Release date: February 2007
    • Publisher(s): Addison-Wesley Professional
    • ISBN: 0321458192