This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Extreme Programming and Agile Processes in Software Engineering, XP 2003, held in Genova, Italy in May 2003. The 33 revised full papers presented together with experience reports, research reports, abstracts from an educational symposium and a PhD symposium, as well as panel statements were carefully reviewed and selected for inclusion in the book. The papers are organized in topical sections on managing agile processes, methodological issues, extending agile methodologies and XP, methods and tools, teaching and education aspects, testing, pair programming, and other XP practices.
The LESS 2010 conference was the first scientific conference dedicated to advancing the “lean enterprise software and systems” body of knowledge. It fostered interactions by joining the lean product development community with the agile community coupled with innovative ideas nurtured by the beyond budgeting school of thinking. The conference was organized in collaboration with the Lean Software and Systems Consortium (LSSC). The conference is established as a conference series. The idea of the conference was to offer a unique platform for advancing the state of the art in research and practice by bringing the leading researchers and practitioners to the same table. Indeed, LESS 2010 attracted a unique mix of participants including academics, researchers, leading consultants and industry practitioners. The aim of the conference was to use this diverse community to advance research and practical knowledge concerning lean thinking within the field of software business and development. LESS 2010 had more than 60% of its speakers come from the industry and the remaining from academia. LESS is poised to grow as we advance into future iterations of the conference and become the conference for lean thinking in systems and software development. Its growth and credibility will be advanced by the communities and knowledge exchange platform it provides. LESS offers several avenues for knowledge exchange to create a highly collaborative environment. Each year, we aim to bring novelty to a program that fosters collaboration, letting new ideas thrive during and after the conference.
Bring agility, cost savings, and a competitive edge to your business by migrating your IT infrastructure to AWS. With this practical book, executive and senior leadership and engineering and IT managers will examine the advantages, disadvantages, and common pitfalls when moving your company’s operations to the cloud. Author Jeff Armstrong brings years of practical hands-on experience helping dozens of enterprises make this corporate change. You’ll explore real-world examples from many organizations that have made—or attempted to make—this wide-ranging transition. Once you read this guide, you’ll be better prepared to evaluate your migration objectively before, during, and after the process in order to ensure success. Learn the benefits and drawbacks of migrating to AWS, including the risks to your business and technology Begin the process by discovering the applications and servers in your environment Examine the value of AWS migration when building your business case Address your operational readiness before you migrate Define your AWS account structure and cloud governance controls Create your migration plan in waves of servers and applications Refactor applications that will benefit from using more cloud native resources
This work defines "Agile Manufacturing" and dispels the mistaken beliefs that surround it. It analyzes how our traditions, conventions, values and beliefs, based on outdated ideas and philosophies, block the path to achieving "Agile Manufacturing". The book then maps the way forward.
In The Transition to Agile Manufacturing, experts from Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratories describe how manufacturing companies can quickly mobilize their resources to gain a competitive edge. Discover how agile manufacturing can rapidly develop new products and produce fast and flexible responses to customer needs. Practical tips on organizational alignment and agility are offered in down-to-earth terms. Beneficial for all organizations, this low-cost approach to agile manufacturing is especially helpful for small to mid-sized manufacturers with limited resources. Packed with more than 40 figures and tables, this book provides practical tips on how to get started and how to avoid potential pitfalls. The Transition to Agile Manufacturing applies proven techniques and practices to help you increase flexibility, reduce cycle times, and introduce new products more quickly as you speed past the competition.
It is becoming clear today that most of the management truisms that have guided executives and business educators for two generations no longer work. This book, written by three internationally recognized authorities on global competitiveness, is designed to help any business - large or small - come to terms with change and develop effective, profit-centered strategies. Clear, real-world examples are used to describe what it takes for companies and individuals to become "agile" - how they can thrive in a competitive environment of constant, unpredictable change. The book is the product of the authors' extensive research in cooperation with industry and government leaders that resulted in the influential 1991 report, 21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy. This book presents an updated and expanded vision of agile competition, which promises to affect life in the 21st century as profoundly as mass production-based competition affected life in the 20th century. By focusing on practice rather than on theory, the book describes in detail how this new form of competition is rapidly differentiating winners from losers, not just in the U.S. but around the world.
Governments on both sides of the Atlantic have committed to introducing agile change management for faster results with cheaper implementation at lower risk. The first hands-on guide is designed to help public sector leaders reap the rewards of agile methods, based on the latest national and international research.
This book explains the technology of Massively Parallel Processing (MPP)--using large computers in everyday business activities to process large amounts of data. Intended for managers involved in strategic decisions regarding appropriate technology platforms as well as system administrators maintaining an MPP database computer, the book offers real-world case studies across a range of industries.
Ever-changing business needs have prompted large companies to rethink their enterprise IT. Today, businesses must allow interaction with their customers, partners, and employees at more touch points and at a depth never thought previously. At the same time, rapid advances in information technologies, like business digitization, cloud computing, and Web 2.0, demand fundamental changes in the enterprises’ management practices. These changes have a drastic effect not only on IT and business, but also on policies, processes, and people. Many companies therefore embark on enterprise-wide transformation initiatives. The role of Enterprise Architecture (EA) is to architect and supervise this transformational journey. Unfortunately, today’s EA is often a ponderous and detached exercise, with most of the EA initiatives failing to create visible impact. The enterprises need an EA that is agile and responsive to business dynamics. Collaborative Enterprise Architecture provides the innovative solutions today’s enterprises require, informed by real-world experiences and experts’ insights. This book, in its first part, provides a systematic compendium of the current best practices in EA, analyzes current ways of doing EA, and identifies its constraints and shortcomings. In the second part, it leaves the beaten tracks of EA by introducing Lean, Agile, and Enterprise 2.0 concepts to the traditional EA methods. This blended approach to EA focuses on practical aspects, with recommendations derived from real-world experiences. A truly thought provoking and pragmatic guide to manage EA, Collaborative Enterprise Architecture effectively merges the long-term oriented top-down approach with pragmatic bottom-up thinking, and that way offers real solutions to businesses undergoing enterprise-wide change. Covers the latest emerging technologies affecting business practice, including digitization, cloud computing, agile software development, and Web 2.0 Focuses on the practical implementation of EAM rather than theory, with recommendations based on real-world case studies Addresses changing business demands and practices, including Enterprise 2.0, open source, global sourcing, and more Takes an innovative approach to EAM, merging standard top-down and pragmatic, bottom-up strategies, offering real solutions to businesses undergoing enterprise-wide changes
Exploring the development of multidisciplinary methods and tools to support the integration of technology, organization and people, this volume contains papers presented at the 4th Conference on Human Aspects of Advanced Manufacturing and Hybrid Automation, held in Manchester in July 1994.
Covering the basic principles of marketing, this text presents and explains the actual marketing plan for the Honda Accord. Integrating international marketing concepts, it includes chapters on marketing communications, personal selling, advertising, sales promotion and direct marketing.
Filled with examples from every business sector, The Age of Agile helps leaders of businesses both large and small learn to act entrepreneurially. It enables an enterprise to nimbly adapt and upgrade products and services to meet rapidly changing technology and customer needs.
What keeps great companies winning, year after year, even as yesterday's most hyped businesses fall by the wayside? It's not what you think -- or what you've read. To find the real answers, strategic management expert Alfred Marcus systematically reviewed detailed performance metrics for the 1,000 largest U.S. corporations, identifying 3% who've consistently outperform their industry's averages for a full decade. Many of these firms get little publicity: firms like Amphenol, Ball, Family Dollar, Brown and Brown, Activision, Dreyer's, Forest Labs, and Fiserv. But their success is no accident: they've discovered patterns of success that have largely gone unnoticed elsewhere. Marcus also identified patterns associated with consistently inferior performance: patterns reflected in many of the world's most well-known companies. Drawing on this unprecedented research, "Big Winners and Big Losers" shows you what really matters most. You'll learn how consistent winners build the strategies that drive their success; how they move towards market spaces offering superior opportunity; and how they successfully manage the tensions between agility, discipline, and focus. You'll learn how to identify the right patterns of success for your company, build on the strengths you already have, realistically assess your weaknesses, and build sustainable advantage one step at a time, in a planned and logical way.