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Agile Management for Software Engineering by David J. Anderson

 
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<pre>Author/s : David J. Anderson
Publisher : Addison-Wesley
Category : Project management, Process and Best Practices
Review by : Lasse Koskela
Rating : 8 horseshoes
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Agile Management for Software Engineering is targeted for managers and executives working in the software industry. Its focus is on introducing a technique called Throughput Accounting for measuring and tracking software projects. The author basically shows how traditional cost accounting based methods lead to suboptimal business results and how to correct that situation by applying principles of Lean Production and the Theory of Constraints.
The author covers different aspects of management in the software industry one by one--including project management, project planning, production metrics, staffing, resource planning, and product management--explaining how the concepts of Throughput Accounting fit into the picture.
The latter half of the book is dedicated to showing how the theory presented can be applied to a number of agile software processes, namely Feature Driven Development, Extreme Programming, and Scrum.
The first part of the book is a bit difficult to follow due to slightly repetitive text and never-ending acronyms. I wouldn't count this as a defect, however, as the subject of introducing financial measures inevitably requires a certain amount of equations in between beautiful words. Luckily, the latter part, where these measures are applied, flows much better. What I see missing in this book is more concrete examples beyond the arguably theoretical discussion about real-world application. I also noticed that I was constantly waiting for the author to connect the dots and bind the theories presented in a more or less waterfall context into modern, iterative and incremental processes.
All in all, I find Agile Management for Software Engineering to be a book with a solid message: how to better manage a software business. Considering the state of practice in the industry, I'd say this is a must buy for any manager or executive.


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Kishore Dandu
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Hi,
Can some one give me details about how to qualify to be part of the book review team.
Thanks,
Dan.
 
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Originally posted by Chris Daniel:
Hi,
Can some one give me details about how to qualify to be part of the book review team.
Thanks,
Dan.

The Book Review Team is reserved for sheriffs and bartenders. We are trying to avoid problems with authors using an alias to give their own book a good review.
 
Kishore Dandu
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In the same vein, what would be the qualifying criteria for becoming a Sheriff or bar tender??
Dan.
 
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This gets asked over in the JavaRanch forum on a regular basis. Here's one recent answer.
Basically, if you want to be a bartender:
Be helpful. Be useful. Be nice. Be here.
 
Kishore Dandu
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Thanks for that info.
I used to be a rules programmer in Airline industry. Changed to different domain and not involved with rules lately.
In any case let me know if you need any help specific to program checking for the book or errata creation etc.
By the way 3000 some posts in 5-6 months is remarkable contribution to the forum I guess.
Dan.
[ February 18, 2004: Message edited by: Chris Daniel ]
 
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Originally posted by Chris Daniel:
By the way 3000 some posts in 5-6 months is remarkable contribution to the forum I guess.
It sure is. Considering the average quality of EFH's posts, there have been suspicions about EFH actually being a small non-profit company dedicated for helping out at JavaRanch
 
Kishore Dandu
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Quality improves as the involvement increases
Dan.
 
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Something related to the book's topic:
Incremental funding
 
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