Agile Leadership

A Leader’s Guide to Orchestrating Agile Strategy, Product Quality and IT Governance

by Tony Adams

Number of pages: 62

Publisher: iUniverse

BBB Library: Leadership

ISBN: 978-1491758991

About the Author

Tony Adams holds an MBA from University of North Texas. He has been in IT for over 20 years working for various Fortune 100 companies and consulting firms. He has successfully led numerous agile projects throughout his career. He provides Agile training to large, mid-size and small companies. He resides in Dallas-Fort worth Texas and travels extensively to facilitate training and coaching sessions. Tony and his teams have used many of the Lean and Agile approaches over the last several years. This practical application experiences, in addition to his extensive, successful career at the junction of business operations and software technology, gives Tony a unique perspective on how business leaders can improve their results through better technology leadership and vision.


Editorial Review

The Summary of Agile Leadership: A Leader’s Guide to Orchestrating Agile Strategy, Product Quality and IT Governance by Tony Adams presents the philosophy behind Agile Framework for software development. The author, Tony Adams, consciously and clearly illustrates how to use the framework. He discusses how to assure product quality while aiming for an optimized development. If you want to move into a new house, one approach is to first build the house, furnish and decorate it, and then move in it. Another idea is to build the house one section at a time, to move into the sections that are complete while continuing to build those that are not. This is the idea behind Agile—a dynamic framework for software development. The objective of Agile is to keep delivering working software. Instead of planning every step in the project, an agile team would jump ahead to the execution and deal with problems as they appear.

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The story isn’t “done” until it has been tested.

The more the testers are meshed into the requirements and development process, the better their understanding would be on what the business wants.

The question becomes how to build quality as part of user story design and not as an inspection task.

From quality standpoint, the agile manifesto encourages individual interactions, working software, customer partnership and being ready to respond to change and all these are at the core of true agile testing.

When it comes to quality, the whole team is responsible.

Every successful customer-focus company sets clear, strategic goals.

It’s critical that portfolio budgeting takes account of the market challenges and opportunities.

A product development is more than just product owner and tech team working together. It takes all facets of the organization to get involved in decisions, exchange information effectively, work collaboratively and own processes to ensure successful continuous releases.

The goal of good governance is to ensure the requirements that help the business run and grow and meet customer needs are well-supported via the systems the agile team is delivering.

Governance ensures that framework is in place to allow the leadership to make decisions.