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Author Cooke, Jamie Lynn.

Title Agile productivity unleashed : proven approaches for achieving real productivity gains in any organization / Jamie Lynn Cooke.

Publication Info. Ely, Cambridgeshire : IT Governance Pub., 2014.


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Edition 2nd ed.
Description 1 online resource (1 volume) : illustrations
Note Online resource; title from title page (Safari, viewed July 6, 2014).
Summary Written for business professionals and managers, this book explains the principles of Agile, shows why these approaches work, and demonstrates how to use Agile approaches to significantly increase productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction in any industry. It presents a range of proven Agile methods including Scrum, Kanban, Feature Driven Development (FDD) and the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) in clear business language. The author also devotes a chapter to explaining each of the 12 Agile principles that make these approaches consistently successful, and details how to use these methods to tackle the core challenges faced by every organization. The book concludes by presenting an in-depth case study that compares Agile approaches with traditional approaches for achieving three common business objectives, followed by step-by-step guidelines to make Agile work for your organization, and a range of resources for further reading. -- Edited summary from book.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents FOREWORD; PREFACE; ABOUT THE AUTHOR; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS; CONTENTS; Introduction; Agile: an executive summary; The path forward; SECTION 1: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AGILE; Chapter 1: Agile in a Nutshell; Understanding Agile principles; Agile in action; Popular Agile methods; Who uses Agile?; Chapter 2: Why is Agile So Effective?; Management of controllable risk; Minimal start-up costs; Initial and ongoing returns; Chapter 3: Why Don''t More Organizations Use Agile?; Chapter 4: Agile Sounds Good, But; SECTION 2: 12 AGILE PRINCIPLES THAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR ORGANIZATION.
Chapter 5: Responsive PlanningWhy every upfront plan fails; Apply, Inspect, Adapt; Defining (and refining) your goals; Empowering the delivery team; The critical decision points; Paving the pathway; When to walk away; Publicizing your success; Chapter 6: Business-value-driven Work; Real productivity; Dancing around the budget bonfire; Over-delivery is wasted money; Measuring cost/benefit; Communicating actionable goals and priorities; Drawing the line; When priorities change; It''s more than the baton; Chapter 7: Hands-on Business Outputs; The ''try before you buy'' power position.
There is no substitute for realityMitigating risk; Continuous delivery of valuable outputs; When the end does not justify the means; Chapter 8: Real-time Customer Feedback; Every audience is a customer; The false security of market testing; Intrinsic customer satisfaction; The ''expert by proxy'' myth; Hiring a customer; Using the customer to manage your budget; Chapter 9: Immovable Deadlines; Why you should never move a deadline; The power of imminent timeframes; Early delivery means early payback; Setting the next deadline; Chapter 10: Management by Self-motivation.
''I''m not going to do it -- and you can''t make me''The top-down and bottom-up management myths; The power of self-organized teams; Giving the team a higher purpose; In my estimation; Trusting the team; Why shorter deadlines lead to happier employees; The end of overtime; Success breeds motivation; Chapter 11: ''Just-in-time'' Communication; When was the last time you attended a valuable meeting?; Redefining the corporate meeting; What can you do in five minutes?; Knowledge transfer through pairing, co-location and cross-training; Documentation is no substitute.
The most valuable meeting of allChapter 12: Immediate Status Tracking; The end of the monthly report; Measuring productivity by outputs; Tracking overall progress in the requirements backlog; Tracking day-to-day work in the delivery backlog; The power of the ''burndown'' chart; The real-time executive dashboard; Early and continuous delivery tracking; Redefining risk management; Chapter 13: Waste Management; What is waste management?; It''s what you don''t do that matters; The power and peril of the value stream; The waiting game; Movement without added value; Task-switching and time leakage.
Subject Agile software development.
Business intelligence -- Computer programs.
Business intelligence -- Data processing.
Data warehousing.
COMPUTERS -- Desktop Applications -- Project Management Software.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Industrial Management.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Management Science.
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Organizational Behavior.
Agile software development. (OCoLC)fst01743753
Agile software development.
Other Form: Print version: Cooke, Jamie Lynn. Agile productivity unleashed : proven approaches for achieving real productivity gains in any organization. Second edition. Cambridgeshire, [England] : IT Governance Publishing, ©2014 390 pages 9781849285636
ISBN 9781849285643 (electronic bk.)
1849285640 (electronic bk.)
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