A Tale of Two Systems: Lean and Agile Software Development by Michael K. Levine

By Michael K. Levine

This company parable experiences assorted platforms improvement tasks. One undertaking was once an abject, dear failure, whereas the opposite succeeded in making a significant new profit move, bringing in new consumers. through reviewing the stories of those platforms, readers will enhance a greater realizing of what works and what doesn’t in terms of the management and motion steps required to reinvent a company’s tactics to get in keeping with the times.

CEO Evan Nogelmeyer discovers to his dismay that during today’s enterprise global, know-how isn't just for technologists. yet does he notice this quickly adequate and as soon as he does, does he have the instruments and the enterprise savvy he must stave off catastrophe? Evan and his group are all well-intentioned, profitable enterprise leaders with complex levels and backgrounds in advertising and enterprise. yet, with no technical backgrounds, have they got what it takes to regulate the know-how overhaul so severe to the very survival in their corporation and the way forward for their very own careers?

A story of 2 platforms: Lean and Agile software program improvement for company Leaders stories fictional platforms improvement tasks: Cremins United and genuine property details administration, either introduced on the imaginary Cremins company. Cremins is a venerable printing corporation that needs to remodel itself to outlive within the web age. One venture proves to be an abject and dear failure, whereas the opposite succeeds in making a significant new profit movement and fixing vital shopper wishes. Contrasting the equipment hired in a standard, process-centric 'waterfall' strategy, with a lean and agile-inspired strategy, this publication offers enterprise leaders with a tangible knowing of why lean considering is so well-suited to modern environments requiring flexibility, pace, and the enter of specialised knowledge.

At the belief of the 2 stories, writer Michael Levine articulates a sequence of conclusions and ideas in response to Lean Product improvement, Agile, and his 25 years of expertise in company platforms development.

While the stories advised and the firms and staff that inhabit them are natural fiction, the teachings to be discovered are very genuine and extremely acceptable in today’s hugely aggressive marketplace, the place victory is going time and time back to the tilt and the agile.

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The process emphasized clarity and completeness of business requirements, clear and explicit handoffs to the technology provider, detailed and committed cost and time estimates with consequences for errors, and rigorous independent user acceptance testing of changes. Her skills, model, and team seemed just right for the Cremins United challenge ahead. Frankie’s experience and success made her selection as the technology lead for PCA a logical choice for the corporate CIO, Evan, and Tom. In her new role, she was in charge of all the technology development to be done, including all software development, technology architecture, integration, infrastructure, and technical testing; she reported directly to the corporate CIO with a strong “dotted line” to Tom.

Frankie was short for Frances and, indeed, Frankie was short—just a tad over 5 feet tall, and she couldn’t have weighed more than 100 pounds. Frankie was usually quiet and her physical presence was unimposing, but she seemed competent enough from what I could tell. For the last 5 years, she had been the chief information officer of our Business Communications Group (BCG), one of only a hundred technical team members who remained with Cremins when BCG outsourced its technology management to Global Resources Inc.

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