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The Business Value of Agile Software Methods

The Business Value of Agile Software Methods

Maximizing ROI with Just-in-Time Processes and Documentation
By Dr. David F. Rico, PMP, CSM, Dr. Hasan H. Sayani, and Dr. Saya Sone, PMP
Hardcover, 6x9, 280 pages
ISBN: 978-1-60427-031-0
September 2009

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“This reference shows that Agile methods are based on systematic values, principles, and discipline; and, more importantly, it demonstrates that Agile methods are right-sized, just-enough, just-in-time approaches for maximizing the business value of new product development.” 

Dr. Jeffrey V. Sutherland, Co-Creator of Scrum, CEO, Scrum, Inc. 

"If you've longed for a comprehensive and rigorous reference that supports agile methods -- here it is, at last! This is a work that stands out from the crop because if its comprehensive treatment of agile—management, engineering, documentation, with special references to the military and government domains. There's also a comparative study of agile methods along with surveys, metrics, and other financial analysis that will impress your inner actuary. Drs. Rico, Sayani and Sone bring their considerable academic prowess to bear on some of the most persistent objections to agile. In particular, those looking to build a bullet proof case for agile methods based on solid data and comprehensive research and analysis will find this an invaluable work." 

Sanjiv Augustine, President, LitheSpeed, Author, Managing Agile Projects

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Whether to continue using traditional cost and benefit analysis methods such as systems and software engineering standards or to use a relatively new family of software development processes known as Agile methods is one of most prevalent questions within the information technology field today. Since each family of methods has its strengths and weaknesses, the question being raised by a growing number of executives and practitioners is: Which family of methods provides the greater business value and return on investment (ROI)? Whereas traditional methods have been in use for many decades, Agile methods are still a new phenomenon and, until now, very little literature has existed on how to quantify the business value of Agile methods in economic terms, such as ROI and net present value (NPV). 

Using cost of quality, total cost of ownership, and total life cycle cost parameters, The Business Value of Agile Software Methods offers a comprehensive methodology and introduces the industry’s initial top-down parametric models for quantifying the costs and benefits of using Agile methods to create innovative software products. Based on real-world data, it illustrates the first simple-to-use parametric models of Real Options for estimating the business value of Agile methods since the inception of the Nobel prize-winning Black-Scholes formula. Numerous examples on how to estimate the costs, benefits, ROI, NPV, and real options of the major types of Agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming and Crystal Methods are also included. In addition, this reference provides the first comprehensive compilation of cost and benefit data on Agile methods from an analysis of hundreds of research studies. 

The Business Value of Agile Software Methods shatters key myths and misconceptions surrounding the modern-day phenomenon of Agile methods for creating software products. It provides a complete business value comparison between traditional and Agile methods. The keys to maximizing the business value of any method are low costs and high benefits and the business value of Agile methods, when compared to traditional methods, proves to be very impressive. Agile methods are a new model of project management that can be used to improve the success, business value, and ROI of high-risk and highly complex IT projects in today’s dynamic, turbulent, and highly uncertain marketplace. If you are an executive, manager, scholar, student, consultant or practitioner currently on the fence, you need to read this book!

Key Features
  • Presents a thought-provoking history of Agile methods with respect to scientific management, organizational behavior, systems theory, new product development, and lean thinking
  • Provides a comprehensive definition, introduction, and explanation of Agile software methods
  • Introduces a complete set of metrics, models, and measurements for estimating the costs, benefits, ROI and NPV of Agile methods
  • Serves as a roadmap for linking Agile methods to major industry standards bodies of knowledge, such as project management, systems engineering, and software
  • Identifies the major types and kinds of Agile methods, along with their corresponding best practices, as a pretext for mixing and matching them to create super-hybrids
  • Explains the role of Agile methods in software engineering and supporting processes such as documentation, quality assurance, and software maintenance
  • Includes numerous examples, data, figures, and references for estimating business value and identifies a set of critical success factors for succeeding with Agile methods every time
  • About the Author(s)

    Dr. David F. Rico, PMP, CSM, has been a technical leader in support of NASA, DARPA, DISA, SPAWAR, USAF, AFMC, NAVAIR, CECOM, and MICOM for over 25 years. He has led, managed, or participated in over 20 organization change initiatives using Agile methods, Lean Six Sigma, ISO 9001, CMMI®, SW-CMM®, Enterprise Architecture, Baldrige, and DoD 5000. Dr. Rico specializes in IT investment analysis, IT project management, and IT-enabled change. He has been an international keynote speaker, published numerous articles, and written or contributed to six textbooks. David holds a B.S. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Software Engineering, and a D.M. in Information Systems. 

    Dr. Hasan H. Sayani has been in industry and academia for over 40 years. His interests are in information systems, information systems development, life cycle methods and tools, and semantic database management systems. Dr. Sayani has taught at the University of Maryland College Park in the Information Systems Management program. He co-founded a firm which built systems for various commercial and governmental organizations. Dr. Sayani has participated in various professional and standardization organizations (e.g., IEEE, ACM, CASE, ANS, CODASYL, DoD, CALS, etc.). Hasan holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. 

    Dr. Saya Sone, PMP, has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies, such as CSC, BT, and AOL. She has led numerous data center design, software development, marketing, and customer support projects. Dr. Sone managed a corporate-wide rollout of Agile methods and Scrum at a major U.S. e-commerce firm. Her field of specialty is Agile Project Management. Saya holds an M.A. in Project Management, a D.B.A. in Information Systems and is also a Certified Scrum Practitioner.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 — Introduction to Agile Methods
    Chapter 2 — Values of Agile Methods
    Chapter 3 — History of Agile Methods
    Chapter 4 — Antecedents of Agile Methods
    Chapter 5 — Types of Agile Methods
    Chapter 6 — Practices of Agile Methods
    Chapter 7 — Agile Project Management
    Chapter 8 — Agile Software Engineering
    Chapter 9 — Agile Support Processes
    Chapter 10 — Agile Tools and Technologies
    Chapter 11 — Comparison of Agile Methods
    Chapter 12 — Agile Metrics and Models
    Chapter 13 — Surveys of Agile Methods
    Chapter 14 — Costs/Benefits of Agile Methods
    Chapter 15 — ROI Metrics of Agile Methods
    Chapter 16 — Measures of Agile Methods
    Chapter 17 — Costs of Agile Methods
    Chapter 18 — Benefits of Agile Methods
    Chapter 19 — ROI of Agile Methods
    Chapter 20 — NPV of Agile Methods
    Chapter 21 — Real Options of Agile Methods
    Chapter 22 — Business Value of Agile Methods
    Chapter 23 — Agile vs. Traditional Methods
    Chapter 24 — Future of Agile Methods

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