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The advantages of agile methods have become too great to ignore. But implementing agility in far-flung enterprise IT organizations requires unique knowledge and best practices. Scaling Software Agility brings them together for the first time.
Dean Leffingwell starts by offering general principles that apply to any agile process; presenting quick guides to XP, SCRUM, and other approaches; and identifying precisely what’s different about agile (almost everything). Then comes the heart of the book: seven “agile team practices” that scale well and deliver superior value. Among these: “Define-Build-Test” component teams; small, frequent releases; two-level planning; concurrent testing; and continuous integration.
Leffingwell introduces scalable, agile “requirements patterns” and “release trains,” links agile development with everything from marketing to business performance metrics, and explains how to successfully lead agile development organizations. Especially helpful: his guidance on managing the transition – which you really ought to be starting right about now. Bill Camarda, from the May 2007 Read Only