Agile Engineering: An Introduction for Managers (Part 1)

Topics: Agile, Applications Delivery, Business Case, Business Intelligence, Cost Management, IT Project Management, Quality, Scrum, Strategy, Testing/Test Management

If you’re a leader responsible for delivering value to your stakeholders and customers, you certainly need to know about Agile Engineering. The set of principles and practices, along with the wealth of knowledge and tools available, means teams can start seeing results immediately with a minimal investment. This is the type of positive return on investment that makes everyone happy, especially your boss!

Part 1 of this two-part series introduces the agile engineering principles and practices that, when implemented, enable some teams and their respective organizations to build high-quality software very quickly that will please customers. Organizations embracing these practices--when used in conjunction with agile and lean management practices--can gain delivery advantages on their competitors while managing lower maintenance and support costs in the long term. (Part 2 will focus on the tools that support agile engineering, as well as provide you with a guideline for getting started.)

What is Agile Engineering?
Agile engineering is an umbrella term that refers to the technical principles and practices helping teams deliver high-quality releases early and often. It covers both principles--those underlying truths that don’t change over time or space; and also practices--the application of principles to a particular situation (see Concept to Cash by Mary …

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