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By Bob Winter

Agile functionality development demonstrates the mutual merits that accrue to the worlds of functionality consulting and agile software program improvement whilst the values and rules of either are combined synergistically lower than the suggestions of practitioners expert in either. The agile functionality development version blends the foundations of human functionality expertise with the frameworks and practices of Agile. the result's an method that maximizes the price of interactions one of the advisor, the paintings workforce, and the buyer. in contrast to conventional end-to-end waterfall tactics, agile functionality development offers worth consistently and in small increments, relentlessly concentrating on results of price to the client. construction on buildings of Agile which are utilized in software program improvement, akin to Scrum, the agile functionality development version considers the human portion of holistic ideas in setting up a continuing move of value.

Bob iciness, a functionality advisor, was once the product proprietor for the company schooling scrum assisting an agile transition initiative for 1000's of engineering groups. From this cross-disciplinary event, he came upon that the 2 cultures, languages, and methodologies of functionality consulting and agile software program improvement are—far from being incongruent, incompatible, or beside the point to every other—in truth excellent to counterpoint and help one another. Being agile improves the effectiveness of the functionality advisor, and making use of the teachings of human functionality know-how improves the effectiveness of software program improvement teams.

In Agile functionality development, wintry weather teaches functionality specialists how you can observe agile ideas, values, and techniques usefully to the initiatives of optimizing human functionality in components of perform not just adjacent but additionally way past the area of software program and IT engineering, equivalent to company studying suggestions, human assets structures, and non-software items. Conversely, he indicates engineering groups immersed in an agile surroundings how you can improve their functionality utilizing the foundations and methods taught and cultivated by way of functionality experts. the writer, who has labored largely on either side of the normal divide, recounts entertainingly yet informatively how either sparks and fur can fly whilst geeks stumble upon humans people.

What you’ll learn

After examining this publication, enterprise executives, staff contributors, agile practitioners, and function consulting practitioners may be capable of do the following:

follow agile engineering practices to the layout and improvement of studying recommendations and non-software products
practice the analytical thoughts of human functionality expertise to the answer of any company challenge concerning human functions, together with software program development
Leverage the agile functionality development version to maximise the worth of interactions between product vendors, paintings groups, and shoppers in any product or method area
steer clear of the typical pitfalls confronted by means of groups transitioning from conventional paintings the right way to Agile

Who this ebook is for

The readerships for this publication include:

functionality consulting practitioners, from the fields of human assets, company studying, and inner and exterior consulting
Agile practitioners, together with software program builders, agile coaches, and different professionals
company executives together with common managers, practical managers, leader info officials, leader studying officials, and leader humans Officers
scholars majoring in any of those topic parts: desktop technology, educational know-how, place of work studying, human assets administration, company management, commercial and organizational psychology, organizational improvement, commercial and exertions relations

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Agile and Human functionality expertise: The Twain Shall Meet

Chapter 2. the fundamentals of Human functionality Improvement

Chapter three: The functionality Consultant’s Toolkit

Chapter four. the fundamentals of Agile

Chapter five. The Agile software program Engineer’s Toolkit

Chapter 6. Agile functionality Improvement

Chapter 7. Proving Value

Chapter eight. non-stop development Lore

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In addition, approving requests without scrutiny provides an opportunity to create workf low efficiencies that lead to impressive yet meaningless learning metrics like employee training hours and hours of training produced. Focusing on front-end analysis and crafting a holistic solution in response can cause the production factory to slow down. Practicing an Agile method such as Scrum, discussed in detail in Chapter 4, will ensure the prioritization of those backlog items that potentially show the most immediate value to the customer.

Bob’s Axiom No. 4 53 54 Chapter 3 | The Performance Consultant’s Toolkit Saying “no” to a request is damaging to the trusted relationship you have built up over time. No is not the answer; helping the customer look at the request in a different way is good consulting. This is reframing. Instead of starting with the solution, we will initiate a discussion that looks at what the business situation is and what capability5 needs exist. ■■About the term reframing The reframing discussion technique was given to us by Dana Gaines Robinson and James C.

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