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Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises -- Chapter 7, The Essence of Agile

Agile software development can be adopted on the enterprise level, and Dean Leffingwell's "Scaling Software Agility" explains how. This free chapter, "The Essence of Agile," describes how agile profoundly changes the SDLC.

As a registered member of, you're entitled to a complimentary copy of Chapter 7 of Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises written by Dean Leffingwell and published by Addison-Wesley Professional. " The Essence of Agile" asserts that agile software development essentially changes every aspect of the SDLC. Measurements of success, management culture, testing, QA and so forth are very different under agile. Leffingwell, along with agile thought leader Ryan Martens, enumerates these differences and how they impact the software development life cycle.

Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises

Book description:

Agile development practices, while still controversial in some circles, offer undeniable benefits: faster time to market, better responsiveness to changing customer requirements, and higher quality. However, agile practices have been defined and recommended primarily to small teams. In Scaling Software Agility, Dean Leffingwell describes how agile methods can be applied to enterprise-class development.

* Part I provides an overview of the most common and effective agile methods.

* Part II describes seven best practices of agility that natively scale to the enterprise level.

* Part III describes an additional set of seven organizational capabilities that companies can master to achieve the full benefits of software agility on an enterprise scale.

This book is invaluable to software developers, testers and QA personnel, managers and team leads, as well as to executives of software organizations whose objective is to increase the quality and productivity of the software development process but who are faced with all the challenges of developing software on an enterprise scale.

>> Read Chapter 7: The Essence of Agile.

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This sample chapter is excerpted from the book, Scaling Software Agility: Best Practices for Large Enterprises," authored by Dean Leffingwell, published by Addison-Wesley Professional, March, 2007, ISBN 0321458192, Copyright Pearson Education, Inc; for more information please visit:

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