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Agile Office 365
Agile Office 365

Plan, deploy, and run Office 365 using an agile project management approach. This soup-to-nuts guide teaches you how to apply agile techniques in order to make your Office 365 implementation a success, even as the Microsoft Office 365 platform continues to evolve and introduce new features. The author's approach to teaching time- and resource-saving concepts mirrors the process a team might typically encounter in delivering software projects. Learning begins with an overview of Office 365 and Agile. From there, you delve into topics correlating to product conception, execution, and deployment. The book wraps up with a comprehensive discussion on how Office 365, straight out of the box, can be used as a tool to manage Office 365 deployments and other types of projects. Understand what Office 365 is and why it is the world's most popular online business app; Adapt your delivery process to work with Office 365 and its regular update schedule; Recognize potential risk a ...
Practical Object-Oriented Design, 2nd Edition
Practical Object-Oriented Design, 2nd Edition

Object-oriented programming languages exist to help you create beautiful, straightforward applications that are easy to change and simple to extend. Unfortunately, the world is awash with object-oriented (OO) applications that are difficult to understand and expensive to change. Practical Object-Oriented Design, Second Edition, immerses you in an OO mindset and teaches you powerful, real-world, object-oriented design techniques with simple and practical examples. Sandi Metz demonstrates how to build new applications that can "survive success" and repair existing applications that have become impossible to change. Decide what belongs in a single class; Avoid entangling objects that should be kept separate; Define flexible interfaces among objects; Reduce programming overhead costs with duck typing; Successfully apply inheritance; Build objects via composition. ...
Unlocking Agility
Unlocking Agility

As long-time competitive advantages disappear, astute executives and change agents know they must achieve true agile transformation. In Unlocking Agility, Jorgen Hesselberg reveals what works, what doesn't, and how to overcome the daunting obstacles. Distilling 10+ years of experience leading agile transformation in the enterprise, Hesselberg guides you on jumpstarting change, sustaining momentum, and executing superbly on customer commitments as you move forward. He helps you identify appropriate roles for consultants, optimize organizational structures, set realistic expectations, and measure against them. He shares first-hand accounts from pioneering transformation leaders at firms including Intel, Nokia, Salesforce.com, Spotify, and many more. Balance building the right thing, the right way, at the right speed; Design a holistic transformation strategy using five dimensions of agility: Technology, Organizational Design, People, Leadership, and Culture; Promote ...
SAFe 4.5 Distilled, 2nd Edition
SAFe 4.5 Distilled, 2nd Edition

To succeed in today's adapt-or-die marketplace, businesses must be able to rapidly change the way they create and deliver value to their customers. Hundreds of the world's most successful companies - including Intel, Capital One, AstraZeneca, Cisco, and Philips - have turned to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to achieve agility at scale and maintain a competitive edge. SAFe 4.5 Distilled: Applying the Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Enterprises explains how adopting SAFe can quickly improve time to market and increase productivity, quality, and employee engagement. In this book, you will. Understand the business case for SAFe: its benefits, the problems it solves, and how to apply it; Get an overview of SAFe across all parts of the business: team, program, value stream, and portfolio; Learn why SAFe works: the power of SAFe's Lean-Agile mindset, values, and principles; Discover how systems thinking, Agile development, and Lean product development for ...
Agile for Everybody
Agile for Everybody

The Agile movement provides real, actionable answers to the question that keeps many company leaders awake at night: How do we stay successful in a fast-changing and unpredictable world? Agile has already transformed how modern companies build and deliver software. This practical book demonstrates how entire organizations - from product managers and engineers to marketers and executives - can put Agile to work. Author Matt LeMay explains Agile in clear, jargon-free terms and provides concrete and actionable steps to help any team put its values and principles into practice. Examples from a wide variety of organizations, including small nonprofits and global financial enterprises, bring to life the on-the-ground realities of Agile across industries and functions. Understand exactly what Agile is and why it matters; Use Agile to address your organization's specific needs and goals; Take customer centricity from theory into practice; ...
Enterprise Agility
Enterprise Agility

The biggest challenge enterprises face today is dealing with fast-paced change in all spheres of business. Enterprise Agility shows how an enterprise can address this challenge head on and thrive in the dynamic environment. Avoiding the mechanistic construction of existing enterprises that focus on predictability and certainty, Enterprise Agility delivers practical advice for responding and adapting to the scale and accelerating pace of disruptive change in the business environment. Agility is a fundamental shift in thinking about how enterprises work to effectively deal with disruptive changes in the business environment. The core belief underlying agility is that enterprises are open and living systems. These living systems, also known as complex adaptive systems (CAS), are ideally suited to deal with change very effectively. Agility is to enterprises what health is to humans. There are some foundational principles that can be broadly applied, but the definition of healthy is v ...
Hands-On Agile Software Development with JIRA
Hands-On Agile Software Development with JIRA

As teams scale in size, project management can get very complicated. One of the best tools to deal with this kind of problem is JIRA. This book will start by organizing your project requirements and the principles of Agile development to get you started. You will then be introduced to set up a JIRA account and the JIRA ecosystem to help you implement a dashboard for your team's work and issues. You will learn how to manage any issues and bugs that might emerge in the development stage. Going ahead, the book will help you build reports and use them to plan the releases based on the study of the reports. Towards the end, you will come across working with the gathered data and create a dashboard that helps you track the project's development. ...
How to Kill the Scrum Monster
How to Kill the Scrum Monster

Implement Scrum or improve how Scrum works in your team or organization using this concise, sharp, and programmatic book. You will quickly learn what you need to know without getting confused with unnecessary details. Become familiar with Agile concepts and understand the path from Waterfall to the Agile Manifesto; Understand the most commonly used Agile methodology - Scrum - and how it relates to eXtreme Programming and Kanban as well as to Lean principles; Identify the challenges of the Scrum Master role and understand what this role is all about; Know the stages of Scrum team development; Embrace and solve conflicts in a Scrum team. ...
Improving Agile Retrospectives
Improving Agile Retrospectives

Agile retrospectives help you get to the root of your real problems, so you can solve them quickly and effectively. They're the cornerstone of a successful continuous improvement process, and one of your best tools for triggering positive cultural change. In Improving Agile Retrospectives, leading agile coach/trainer Marc Loeffler combines practical guidance, proven practices, and innovative approaches for maximizing the value of retrospectives for your team - and your entire organization. You can apply his powerful techniques in any project, agile or otherwise. These techniques offer exceptional value wherever continuous improvement is needed: from "lessons-learned" workshops in traditional project management to enterprise-wide change management. Loeffler's detailed, results-focused examples help you recognize and overcome common pitfalls, adapt retrospectives to your unique needs, and consistently achieve tangible results. Throughout, he integrates b ...
Agile Development for Serverless Platforms
Agile Development for Serverless Platforms

You need more than great dev tools to release great software; you need an efficient pipeline that takes advantage of modern Agile development practices. Serverless platforms like AWS offer the basic building blocks you need to run code, store data, or process streaming information so you can focus on the features you want to provide, not get bogged down with the infrastructure. Combined with an agile process, serverless architectures help create a quick feedback loop between developers, end users, and businesses, allowing for the quick prototyping and easy production roll-out you need to innovate and react on the fly. Agile Development for Serverless Platforms helps you start thinking about how to apply Agile practices in fully serverless architectures. This book brings together excerpts from four Manning books selected by Danilo Poccia, the author of AWS Lambda in Action. These chapters are a fantastic way to lay the foundations for understanding the wor ...
Adaptive Code, 2nd Edition
Adaptive Code, 2nd Edition

By applying this book's principles, you can create code that accommodates new requirements and unforeseen scenarios without significant rewrites. Gary McLean Hall describes Agile best practices, principles, and patterns for designing and writing code that can evolve more quickly and easily, with fewer errors, because it doesn't impede change. Now revised, updated, and expanded, Adaptive Code, Second Edition adds indispensable practical insights on Kanban, dependency inversion, and creating reusable abstractions. Drawing on over a decade of Agile consulting and development experience, McLean Hall has updated his best-seller with deeper coverage of unit testing, refactoring, pure dependency injection, and more. Master powerful new ways to: Write code that enables and complements Scrum, Kanban, or any other Agile framework; Develop code that can survive major changes in requirements; Plan for adaptability by using dependencies, layering, interfaces, and design p ...
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