Agile Productivity Unleashed: Proven Approaches for Achieving Real Productivity Gains in Any Organization

  • ID: 4423484
  • Report
  • 412 pages
  • IT Governance
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In this new edition of her award-winning book, Jamie Lynn Cooke explains the principles of Agile, shows why it works, and demonstrates how to use Agile to significantly increase productivity, quality, and customer satisfaction in any industry. It shows how Agile approaches can give you a faster, more flexible and highly responsive framework, allowing your organisation to leverage internal and external changes more quickly; significantly more efficient use of resources and time, freeing up staff for greater innovation and value creation; direct stakeholder engagement, resulting in better customer relationships and more compelling product development. Written for managers and business professionals, the book presents a range of proven Agile methods including Scrum, Kanban, Feature Driven Development and the Dynamic Systems Development Method in clear business language. The author then devotes a chapter to 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 with in-depth case study that compares Agile with traditional approaches for achieving three common business objectives, followed by step-by-step guidelines to making Agile work for your organization, and a range of resources for further reading. Read this book and learn how to unleash the potential of Agile in your organization.

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Agile: an executive summary


A Case Study: Traditional versus Agile Approaches
Website building in a competitive marketplace
Product marketing in a competitive marketplace
Order fulfilment in a competitive marketplace
But what about my organisation?
The path forward


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 Organisations Use Agile?

Chapter 4: Agile Sounds Good, But …


Chapter 5: Responsive Planning
Why every up-front plan fails
Apply, Inspect, Adapt
Defining (and refining) your goals
Paving the pathway
Empowering the delivery team
The critical decision points
When to walk away
Publicising 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 reality
Mitigating 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 time-frames
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-organised 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 all

Chapter 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
Doing it right the first time
‘Just-in-time' versus ‘just-in-case'
Maximising your resources

Chapter 14: Constantly Measurable Quality
How much does quality cost?
Weight control and the bathroom scale
True quality requires a culture change
The impact of high communication
Quality by design
Fit-for-purpose outputs
The (almost) real-time measuring stick
Exponential returns on your quality investment

Chapter 15: Rear-view Mirror Checking
Slight imperfections
You only need to glance at the mirror …
What a retrospective is – and is not
The self-correcting team
Changing your travel plans

Chapter 16: Continuous Improvement
Become better – or become obsolete
One step back – five steps forward
Regular review and adjustment
Quantifying and measuring improvement
Bringing it all together


Chapter 17: Selecting Agile Approaches That Best Meet Your Needs
The five fundamental questions
The Agile approaches selection tool

Chapter 18: Introducing Agile Within Your Organisation
Dip your toes or dive right in?
Choosing the right kick-off point
A shared understanding of Agile

Chapter 19: Using Agile Tools
Responsive budgeting
Expected business-value calculation
The requirements backlog
The burndown chart
The delivery backlog

Chapter 20: Expanding the Use of Agile in Your Organisation
Agile resources
Cost/benefit calculation resources
Other industry resources
Author's Note on Agile Resources

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