Companies have been implementing large agile projects for a number of years, but
the ‘stigma’ of ‘agile only works for small projects’ continues to be a frequent barrier
for newcomers and a rallying cry for agile critics. What has been missing from the
agile literature is a solid, practical book on the specifics of developing large projects
in an agile way. Dean Leffingwell’s book Scaling Software Agility fills this gap
admirably. It offers a practical guide to large project issues such as architecture,
requirements development, multi-level release planning, and team organization.
Leffingwell’s book is a necessary guide for large projects and large organizations
making the transition to agile development.”
director, Agile Practice,
Cutter Consortium, author of
Agile Project Management
“ There’s tension between building software fast and delivering software that lasts,
between being ultra-responsive to changes in the market and maintaining a degree
of stability. In his latest work, Scaling Software Agility, Dean Leffingwell shows how
to achieve a pragmatic balance among these forces. Leffingwell’s observations of the
problem, his advice on the solution, and his description of the resulting best practices
come from experience: he’s been there, done that, and has seen what’s worked.”
—GRADY BOOCH, IBM Fellow
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
• 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.
In my opinion, there is no book out there that more artfully addresses the specific needs of agile teams, programs, and portfolios all in one. I believe this book is an organizational necessity for Read more