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A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development: How HP Transformed LaserJet FutureSmart Firmware

(Agile Software Development Series)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Today, even the largest development organizations are turning to agile methodologies, seeking major productivity and quality improvements. However, large-scale agile development is difficult, and publicly available case studies have been scarce. Now, three agile pioneers at Hewlett-Packard present a candid, start-to-finish insider's look at how they've succeeded with agile ...more
Paperback, 183 pages
Published November 25th 2012 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published September 19th 2012)
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Jolyon Smith
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Approachable, Insightful and Digestible

Referenced in Jet Humble’s “Why Scaling Agile Doesn’t Work”, the story of HP’s effort (and successful result) in re-imagining their firmware development for an agile world is an object lesson in applying the agile mindset at scale. That is, there is not a single prescription for success, rather agile success is a process of experimentation and discovery.

Do not read this book expecting to find a recipe for how you should “implement agile” or complete an “
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Leila Pearson
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A a software developer and manager who has spent a lot of my career working with embedded software and firmware, it was great to read a book about DevOps practices being used for firmware with great results. I enjoyed the book so much that I presented on it at a company tech talk. We were already an agile development shop, practicing scrum and working on integrating more continuously - but this book takes it to the next level. The book is well written and provides many great tips on how to get ...more
Matt Young
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure, I read this book NOT because I'm interested in agile development (I'm currently a medical student), but because my father co-authored the book. The details of the book went over my head, but I enjoyed reading about the general principles of agile and seeing the success that came in their team.
Thierry de Pauw
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Insightful how they achieved Continuous Integration with 400 engineers in 3 continents working on one product from mainline.

Interesting how everything started from a need to increase productivity and how this led to more agility at scale driven by metrics and technical practices.
Shreyas
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: software, agile
Some fantastic ideas in this book for any firmware team looking to scale.
Christopher
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
A bit dry, but worth reading because of (at least) 2 ideas:

1. A scalable architecture is table stakes. They figured out how to rearchitect their system to be scalable across products before doing any organizational change.

2. The HP team used "system engineers" to "work out the feature definition by taking new requested features from 'new' to 'investigated,' where they are well defined and ready for handoff to the technical team."

Basically systems engineers offload the technical team by being a
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Martin
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Despite being called (and being) a practical approach, this is extremely well principled: the directives around metrics are worth the price of the book alone.

It's also a very honest and humble book, documenting failure, challenge and regret as much as triumph, showing a true learning mindset.

The only caveat I'd offer to readers is that offered by the authors: this is their journey, their story, their decisions in their context. It does show (and openly state) that following what has become
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Ben Linders
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the book “A Practical Approach to Large-Scale Agile Development”, the authors Gary Gruver, Mike Young and Pat Fulghum tell their story about applying agile and lean principles in a large scale software development program for the HP laserjet futuresmart firmware.

This book is a description of a large scale agile implementation, with the nuts and bolts of actually doing agile. It shows that the agile journey that HP laserjet futuresmart firmware took wasn't easy, but that is was worthwhile
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Christophe Addinquy
Oct 15, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: agile
This is a successful story about implementing agile at scale at HP. It was written before scaling agile became trendy, something we should appreciate. It esntially focus on the engineering stuff, especially the continuous integration where the team obviously succeed to deploy an amazing plateform, making all the practices aligned on it with good results.
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Tim Jarrett
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dry? Sure. Did I skim parts? You bet. But I also highlighted and wrote notes over large chunks of this book, and if you work in software you probably will too. Though you can tell it was written by committee (the portion on continuous integration was riveting—others less so), there are so few detailed case studies on large scale agile projects that it's definitely worth a read, assuming you're into that sort of thing.
Miguel Alho
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great book about applying Agile practices in large sized projects / enterprise level development groups. The first person point of view, mentioning the strategies applied and obstacles encontered was a good choice por the presentation.

Lots of tips in this one worth thinking about and following. I think it could have been a bigger book with more detail, but the info that exists is still very usefull.
Shawn
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it
If you are a technical manager in a large company that is implementing agile development, you'll find useful stuff here. I bored through most of this because several at work were reading in in preparation for a consulting visit from the author.
Srinath
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone needing a reality check in their Agile journey.

While the HP LaserJet team took their decisions, do not assume their decisions are globally applicable. "Learn as you go" is the best way to do - irrespective of how HP or any other company did.
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