Book Notes: Agile Development and Business Goals - Bill Holtsnider, Tom Wheeler, George Stragand and Joseph Gee

William Meller - Agile Development and Business Goals - Bill Holtsnider, Tom Wheeler, George Stragand and Joseph Gee
Agile Development and Business Goals a guide for the software development process, which can be challenging, difficult, and time-consuming. 

Summary

Title: Agile Development and Business Goals
Author: Bill Holtsnider, Tom Wheeler, George Stragand, Joe Gee
Themes: Agile, Career, Cases, Technology, Management
Year: 2010
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 0123815215, 9780123815217
Pages: 256

The book offers readers information about the design, implementation, and management of the different methods of creating world-class software. 

"... 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

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.

William Meller - Agile Development and Business Goals - Bill Holtsnider, Tom Wheeler, George Stragand and Joseph Gee

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, helping to build the teams, define the roles, acquire the tools, and deliver your world-class software on time and on budget.

This book also explains how to employ automation in your development process to improve your company’s profitability, introduces a compensation structure that incents your technical talent to deliver measurable results on a predictable basis, and provides real-world solutions instead of theoretical discussions.

No method for developing software is fool-proof, and no process exists without some risks. It is no secret that software is frequently released late, in less-than-ideal conditions, and way over budget. The Six Week Solution is described as a unique and powerful process of creating software.

Chapters of the Book:

1. Introduction

2. The Problem

3. Expectations

4. Overview of the Six-Week Solution

5. The Solution's Critical Pieces

6. Managing the Cost of Change

7. Assuring Software Quality

8 Integrating Automation into Your Development Process

9. Other Software Development Approaches

10. Risks with Using This Approach

11. Transitioning to the Six Week Solution

12. Conclusions

Bill Holtsnider is an experienced writer, educator, and software professional with more than 26 years of experience working in the computer industry. His IT expertise includes working in such diverse areas as stock portfolio management, identity management, and software development. He is the author of six books and a wide range of technical and marketing documentation.

Tom Wheeler has a long track record of building organizations to develop commercial software, including products for financial services and contact centers. He has built, sold and been a senior manager in a variety of different types of companies, including international conglomerates and garage-sized start-ups. 

George Stragand is a manager and software developer with over 20 years of producing and managing the delivery of commercial software on time. He has worked for companies ranging in size from startups to multinationals, creating software both for external and in-house use. He still hasn’t found a problem that couldn’t be solved by one more level of indirection or a suitable amount of explosives in the correct location.

Joseph Gee has spent the last 10 years of his career leading and coaching teams through a variety of successful projects and Agile transitions. His advocacy for software craftsmanship has equipped teams for success in small custom shops, large telecom enterprise systems, commercial shrink-wrap modeling software, and, most recently, cutting-edge behavioral analytics.


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