Impact Mapping

Making a Big Impact with Software Products and Projects

Author: Gojko Adzic

Publisher: Provoking Thoughts

ISBN: 9780955683640

Category: Computers

Page: 86

View: 2367

A practical guide to impact mapping, a simple yet incredibly effective method for collaborative strategic planning that helps organizations make an impact with software.
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Bridging the Communication Gap

Specification by Example and Agile Acceptance Testing

Author: Gojko Adzic

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 0955683610

Category: Computers

Page: 284

View: 5986

Bridging the Communication Gap is a book about improving communication between customers, business analysts, developers and testers on software projects, especially by using specification by example and agile acceptance testing. These two key emerging software development practices can significantly improve the chances of success of a software project. They ensure that all project participants speak the same language, and build a shared and consistent understanding of the domain. This leads to better specifications, flushes out incorrect assumptions and ensures that functional gaps are discovered before the development starts. With these practices in place you can build software that is genuinely fit for purpose.
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Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your User Stories

Author: Gojko Adzic,David Evans

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993088100

Category: Agile software development

Page: 124

View: 451

This book will help you write better stories, spot and fix common issues, split stories so that they are smaller but still valuable, and deal with difficult stuff like crosscutting concerns, long-term effects and non-functional requirements. Above all, this book will help you achieve the promise of agile and iterative delivery: to ensure that the right stuff gets delivered through productive discussions between delivery team members and business stakeholders. Who is this book for? This is a book for anyone working in an iterative delivery environment, doing planning with user stories. The ideas in this book are useful both to people relatively new to user stories and those who have been working with them for years. People who work in software delivery, regardless of their role, will find plenty of tips for engaging stakeholders better and structuring iterative plans more effectively. Business stakeholders working with software teams will discover how to provide better information to their delivery groups, how to set better priorities and how to outrun the competition by achieving more with less software. What's inside? Unsurprisingly, the book contains exactly fifty ideas. They are grouped into five major parts: - Creating stories: This part deals with capturing information about stories before they get accepted into the delivery pipeline. You'll find ideas about what kind of information to note down on story cards and how to quickly spot potential problems. - Planning with stories: This part contains ideas that will help you manage the big-picture view, set milestones and organise long-term work. - Discussing stories: User stories are all about effective conversations, and this part contains ideas to improve discussions between delivery teams and business stakeholders. You'll find out how to discover hidden assumptions and how to facilitate effective conversations to ensure shared understanding. - Splitting stories: The ideas in this part will help you deal with large and difficult stories, offering several strategies for dividing them into smaller chunks that will help you learn fast and deliver value quickly. - Managing iterative delivery: This part contains ideas that will help you work with user stories in the short and mid term, manage capacity, prioritise and reduce scope to achieve the most with the least software. About the authors: Gojko Adzic is a strategic software delivery consultant who works with ambitious teams to improve the quality of their software products and processes. Gojko's book Specification by Example was awarded the #2 spot on the top 100 agile books for 2012 and won the Jolt Award for the best book of 2012. In 2011, he was voted by peers as the most influential agile testing professional, and his blog won the UK agile award for the best online publication in 2010. David Evans is a consultant, coach and trainer specialising in the field of Agile Quality. David helps organisations with strategic process improvement and coaches teams on effective agile practice. He is regularly in demand as a conference speaker and has had several articles published in international journals.
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User Story Mapping

Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product

Author: Jeff Patton,Peter Economy

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1491904887

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 324

View: 9684

User story mapping is a valuable tool for software development, once you understand why and how to use it. This insightful book examines how this often misunderstood technique can help your team stay focused on users and their needs without getting lost in the enthusiasm for individual product features. Author Jeff Patton shows you how changeable story maps enable your team to hold better conversations about the project throughout the development process. Your team will learn to come away with a shared understanding of what you’re attempting to build and why. Get a high-level view of story mapping, with an exercise to learn key concepts quickly Understand how stories really work, and how they come to life in Agile and Lean projects Dive into a story’s lifecycle, starting with opportunities and moving deeper into discovery Prepare your stories, pay attention while they’re built, and learn from those you convert to working software
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Specification by Example

How Successful Teams Deliver the Right Software

Author: Gojko Adzic

Publisher: Manning Publications

ISBN: 9781617290084

Category: Computers

Page: 270

View: 6707

Describes a method of effectively specifying, testing, and delivering software, covering such topics as documentation, process patterns, and automation, along with case studies from a variety of firms.
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Software by Numbers

Low-Risk, High-Return Development

Author: Mark Denne,Jane Cleland-Huang

Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional

ISBN: 9780131407282

Category: Computers

Page: 190

View: 4663

- Opens the black box of methodologies and demonstrates that software development is fundamentally a value creation process - Covers new and radical approaches to software development that respond to business demands for shorter investment periods and increased agility - Provides software engineers tools for understanding enterprise-level value creation and managing financial objectives
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Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Tests

Author: Gojko Adzic,David Evans,Tom Roden

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993088117

Category:

Page: 124

View: 2157

This book is for cross-functional teams working in an iterative delivery environment, planning with user stories and testing frequently changing software under tough time pressure. This book will help you test your software better, easier and faster. Many of these ideas also help teams engage their business stakeholders better in defining key expectations and improve the quality of their software products.
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Humans Vs Computers

Author: Gojko Adzic

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993088148

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 4123

Humans vs Computers is a book about ordinary people caught between wrong assumptions and computer bugs. You'll read about humans who are invisible to computers, how a default password caused a zombie apocalypse and why airlines sometimes give away free tickets. This is also a book on how to prevent, avoid and reduce the impact of such problems.
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Agile Management for Software Engineering

Applying the Theory of Constraints for Business Results

Author: David J. Anderson

Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional

ISBN: 0672333570

Category: Computers

Page: 336

View: 1018

A breakthrough approach to managing agile software development, Agile methods might just be the alternative to outsourcing. However, agile development must scale in scope and discipline to be acceptable in the boardrooms of the Fortune 1000. In Agile Management for Software Engineering, David J. Anderson shows managers how to apply management science to gain the full business benefits of agility through application of the focused approach taught by Eli Goldratt in his Theory of Constraints. Whether you're using XP, Scrum, FDD, or another agile approach, you'll learn how to develop management discipline for all phases of the engineering process, implement realistic financial and production metrics, and focus on building software that delivers maximum customer value and outstanding business results.Coverage includes: Making the business case for agile methods: practical tools and disciplines How to choose an agile method for your next project Breakthrough application of Critical Chain Project Management and constraint-driven control of the flow of value Defines the four new roles for the agile manager in software projects—and competitive IT organizations Whether you're a development manager, project manager, team leader, or senior IT executive, this book will help you achieve all four of your most urgent challenges: lower cost, faster delivery, improved quality, and focused alignment with the business.
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User Stories Applied

For Agile Software Development

Author: Mike Cohn

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 9780132702645

Category: Computers

Page: 304

View: 9467

Thoroughly reviewed and eagerly anticipated by the agile community, User Stories Applied offers a requirements process that saves time, eliminates rework, and leads directly to better software. The best way to build software that meets users' needs is to begin with "user stories": simple, clear, brief descriptions of functionality that will be valuable to real users. In User Stories Applied, Mike Cohn provides you with a front-to-back blueprint for writing these user stories and weaving them into your development lifecycle. You'll learn what makes a great user story, and what makes a bad one. You'll discover practical ways to gather user stories, even when you can't speak with your users. Then, once you've compiled your user stories, Cohn shows how to organize them, prioritize them, and use them for planning, management, and testing. User role modeling: understanding what users have in common, and where they differ Gathering stories: user interviewing, questionnaires, observation, and workshops Working with managers, trainers, salespeople and other "proxies" Writing user stories for acceptance testing Using stories to prioritize, set schedules, and estimate release costs Includes end-of-chapter practice questions and exercises User Stories Applied will be invaluable to every software developer, tester, analyst, and manager working with any agile method: XP, Scrum... or even your own home-grown approach.
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Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Retrospectives

Author: Tom Roden,Ben Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780993088124

Category:

Page: 124

View: 8669

Learn how to improve retrospectives and avoid stagnation, with fifty ideas designed to help you enhance and energise your continuous improvement effort. This book will help you get better outcomes from retrospectives and from any continuous improvement initiative. It will help you consider how best to prepare for retrospectives, generate innovative insights, achieve valuable outcomes, improve facilitation techniques, keep things fresh and maybe even how to have a bit of fun whilst doing it. This book is for anyone who undertakes continuous improvement of any sort, especially those looking to get better outcomes from retrospectives, either as a participant, facilitator, coach or manager of teams. We include ideas for people with varying levels of experience. So, whether you are just getting started with Scrum and retrospectives, or a veteran of continuous improvement looking to fine-tune or get new ideas, or if your retrospectives have become a bit stale and need re-invigorating, there are ideas in here to support you.
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Agile Competitors and Virtual Organizations

Strategies for Enriching the Customer

Author: Steven L. Goldman

Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 414

View: 1059

It is becoming clear today that most of the management truisms that have guided executives and business educators for two generations no longer work. This book, written by three internationally recognized authorities on global competitiveness, is designed to help any business - large or small - come to terms with change and develop effective, profit-centered strategies. Clear, real-world examples are used to describe what it takes for companies and individuals to become "agile" - how they can thrive in a competitive environment of constant, unpredictable change. The book is the product of the authors' extensive research in cooperation with industry and government leaders that resulted in the influential 1991 report, 21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy. This book presents an updated and expanded vision of agile competition, which promises to affect life in the 21st century as profoundly as mass production-based competition affected life in the 20th century. By focusing on practice rather than on theory, the book describes in detail how this new form of competition is rapidly differentiating winners from losers, not just in the U.S. but around the world.
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The Pragmatist's Guide to Corporate Lean Strategy

Incorporating Lean Startup and Lean Enterprise Practices in Your Business

Author: Michael Nir

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1484235371

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 165

View: 4753

Use this practical, step-by-step guide on lean agile strategy to harness technological disruption at your large business to successfully advance your business rather than suffer a loss of business. The lean agile enterprise concept is demystified and translated into action as the author shares his experience with both success and major failure in areas such as healthcare, insurance, major airline, manufacturing, financial services, education, and big data. The author shares the good, the bad, and the ugly of enterprise-level adoption of lean startup practices (what we call a “lean corporation”). The book provides step-by-step instructions specifically targeted to technologists in multiple roles—from CEO to a developer on the ground—on how to build a “lean agile corporation” and avoid common traps. Building on the experience of the “lean startup” framework of Steven Blank and Eric Reis, this book takes these concepts to the enterprise level by providing tips and best practice guidelines, sharing “horror stories” and common anti-patterns in a fun and engaging way. What You'll Learn Discover how you can contribute to your company as it becomes a lean agile corporation and survives technological and digital disruption Beat Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google at their own game by using methods they use to quickly experiment with new services and features Understand how to advance your career in a lean startup framework Know how you can trace your company’s success to your daily work Who This Book Is For Those in technology and business who are interested in strategy, business agility, management, execution, new technologies, and in the future of the business world.
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Domain-driven Design

Tackling Complexity in the Heart of Software

Author: Eric Evans

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 0321125215

Category: Computers

Page: 529

View: 5746

Describes ways to incorporate domain modeling into software development.
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Effect Managing IT

Author: Ingrid Ottersten,Mijo Balic

Publisher: Copenhagen Business School Press DK

ISBN: 9788763001762

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 104

View: 3491

This book demonstrates a concrete method, which puts its finger on the point where the benefit arises: on every occasion of use.
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Discover to Deliver

Agile Product Planning and Analysis

Author: Ellen Gottesdiener

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780985787905

Category: Agile software development

Page: N.A

View: 1245

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Dialogue Mapping

Building Shared Understanding of Wicked Problems

Author: Jeffrey Conklin

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780470017685

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 266

View: 1359

In contrast to the use of agendas and restrictive structures, dialogue mapping is a facilitation technique that allows the intelligence and learning of the group to emerge naturally. Each participant can see how their comments contribute (or don't) to the coherence and order of the group's thinking. The first full-length book to bring dialogue mapping to a wider audience, Dialogue Mapping provides an exciting new conceptual framework that will change the way readers view projects and project management.
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Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability

An Introduction

Author: Daniel S. Vacanti

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780986436338

Category:

Page: 314

View: 5561

"When will it be done?" That is probably the first question your customers ask you once you start working on something for them. Think about how many times you have been asked that question. How many times have you ever actually been right? We can debate all we want whether this is a fair question to ask given the tremendous amount of uncertainty in knowledge work, but the truth of the matter is that our customers are going to inquire about completion time whether we like it or not. Which means we need to come up with an accurate way to answer them. The problem is that the forecasting tools that we currently utilize have made us ill-equipped to provide accurate answers to reasonable customer questions. Until now. Topics Include Why managing for flow is the best strategy for predictability-including an introduction to Little's Law and its implications for flow. A definition of the basic metrics of flow and how to properly visualize those metrics in analytics like Cumulative Flow Diagrams and Scatterplots. Why your process policies are the potentially the biggest reason that you are unpredictable.
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Innovation Games

Creating Breakthrough Products Through Collaborative Play

Author: Luke Hohmann

Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

ISBN: 9780321437297

Category: Computers

Page: 159

View: 1073

A unique and fun approach to identifying the innovative product customers want and need.
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Scrum Product Ownership -- Balancing Value from the Inside Out

Author: Robert Galen

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9780578019123

Category:

Page: 192

View: 318

One of the least discussed and most challenging roles in the Scrum Agile Methodology is that of Product Owner. Quite often Product Owners are selected from the ranks of Product Managers or Business Analysts and simply "thrown" into the role. While these backgrounds can lead to successful product ownership, often there are fundamental understanding and large skills gaps that need to be crossed in order to be truly successful. This book takes a unique look at the role of Scrum Product Owner with a focus on how the role needs to interact with their Scrum team first--thus the "inside out." We review all of the nuance and requisite habits that allow the Scrum Product Owner to drive their teams towards creating high quality products that provide great customer value.
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