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Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises

(The Agile Software Development Series)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  16 reviews
The trend toward more agile and even extreme development practices is the most significant dynamic the software development community has experienced since the application of the waterfall model in the 1970s. While still controversial, the benefits of agility are undeniable to those who have mastered the practices. Agile practices, however, have been defined and recommende ...more
Paperback, 349 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published 2007)
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Michael Fruergaard
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Lots of good thinking, but too high level. Half the book is a repeat of small-size scrum. I didn't get the needed tools to scale agile from reading this book. ...more
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it
2 chapters of value, the rest filler.
Jack Repenning
Great overview book, if what you're looking for is an overview of half a dozen trendy new development processes. This one won't make you competent to actually *do* any of them, but it should make you able to contribute to a discussion about choosing one. ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: computer
Very fast paced read on how Agile can be adapted to organisations with more than one team of 4-8 people (which is pretty much anyone).

Part 1 covers different types of Agile methodoligies (XP, Scrum, RUP, FDD, Lean, ...) and attempts to find some common ground amongst all of them (such as timeboxing, frequent delivery of value, etc.) while also pointing out differences between them (such as RUP and DSDM having more design, while XP prefers everything to grow organically). This section is definite
Kim Leandersson
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ok, if you are new to agile than i would say this is a very good book (4 stars). It gives a good overview of scrum and other methods in an easy to understand and very pedagogical writing. The parts covering RUP and how this could be used in an agile way was quite interesting.

However, the title talks about scaling and large enterprise so my expectation was not an agile introduction but i was expecting a book focusing on scaling (sure, introduction is ok, but in this case 2/3 of the book is introd
Peter De Kinder
Having been on my TO-READ list since the middle of 2016, with this book Dean Leffingwell presents his perspective on Agile methodologies, and how they could be adapted to fit for larger teams and projects. The key thought to take away from this book is Scalability: Agile development can be used for large projects as well as small ones. The book talks about the predecessors of this methodology as well as what makes methodologies like SAFe tick, and how it goes about the Software Delivery Life Cyc ...more
Andrew Doran
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I���ve had this sitting on my bookshelf since 2008 after Dean Leffingwell came to speak at my firm and now wish that I had read it sooner. (Thanks to my ScanSnap, iPad and Readmill I finally got around to it!) Offers both a solid introduction to agile as well as recognising the inherent problems of applying the techniques across many teams in a large organisation. Has given me lots to think about.
Karl Richards
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent overview of all of the main agile methodologies with practical advice about how to take agile to scale in the enterprise. Dean does a nice job of highlighting the best practices, along with the pitfalls, with good advice on how to work around them. Highly recommend for anyone moving or planning to move their enterprise to Agile!
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
As others have mentioned, this is a good introductory overview of a number of Agile methods.

However, it goes beyond this for readers working in large, complex organisations/systems and introduces how these well known methods might need to be adapted to get the best of them in a scaled environment.

Probably good for Programme Managers who have been handed their first Agile delivery.
Edward Sargisson
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was a little disappointed. This is largely a basic level book for small teams which spends much of its time contrasting and comparing Scrum, XP and RUP. The material on scaling teams out recommends component teams uncritically without examining feature teams. There was very little material here which was different to other books on the market.
Jul 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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This is a really great book on how to create enterprise level software.

There are a number of great things this book recommends to do, but I'm hoping to focus on a few of them over the next few months.
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on agile software development.
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Great overview but weak on Architecture and Design aspects of Agile.
Chad Holdorf
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great booking for planning an agile rollout of any scale.
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