Enterprise Software Delivery: Bringing Agility and Efficiency to the Global Software Supply Chain
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Alan W. Brown is a Distinguished Engineer at IBM Rational software. Alan's current role is IBM Rational Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Europe where he works with customers across Europe consulting on software engineering strategy as it pertains to enterprise solutions, process improvement, and the transition to agile practices. In this role, Alan engages in strategic discussions in areas such as enterprise solution delivery, software delivery economics, and distributed software and systems delivery. Alan has worked in many strategic roles in the software industry in Europe and the United States, including Vice President of Research and Development at Sterling Software, Research Manager at Texas Instruments Software, and as a senior technical staff member at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Alan has published more than fifty papers, authored four books, and edited three books. Alan holds a Ph.D. in computing science from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, UK.
Globalization, rapid technology churn, and massive economic shifts have made it more difficult than ever to deliver high-value enterprise software.
In Enterprise Software Delivery, IBM Distinguished Engineer Alan W. Brown guides decision-makers in understanding these new challenges, choosing today’s best solutions, and successfully anticipating future trends.
Alan presents detailed, actionable techniques for building software supply chains that improve agility and innovation while responding to growing cost pressure. Using real-world case studies, he introduces the modern global software factory, demonstrating how to integrate and leverage global outsourced teams, collaborative application lifecycle management, and cloud-based virtual infrastructures.
Drawing on his extensive experience leading IBM Rational software strategy, and consulting with IBM enterprise customers, Alan illuminates everything from software R&D to metrics. Coverage includes
- Understanding recent dramatic changes in enterprise software delivery requirements and practices
- Overcoming false assumptions, outdated data and delivery models, and inexperience with strategy, innovation, education, or research
- Incorporating integrators and partners in centers of excellence that specialize in delivering business value
- Establishing team-based practices that encourage agility, scalability, and quality
- Building adaptive software factories that integrate real-time feedback and respond rapidly to change
- Using virtualized collaborative infrastructure to connect worldwide teams for developing software, assembling solutions, and delivering results
- Transcending barriers related to geography, organization, skills, and culture
If you’re an enterprise software leader, strategist, or practitioner, this book can help you improve every facet of performance you care about, including agility, quality, predictability, innovation, and value.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Encyclopedia of Software Delivery,
This review is from: Enterprise Software Delivery: Bringing Agility and Efficiency to the Global Software Supply Chain (Paperback)This books covers a wide range of, if not all, important topics in building and shipping large scale software products. It provided good overview of the challenges presented in every stage of software development and best practices in mitigating risks, managing quality, and delivering business values. The depth of discussion and elaboration on each topic are appropriate considering the scope of this book.
I would use this book as a reference book for at various stages of a project to do a health check on my practices, for instance, for my next project, I can easily produces a check list of issues to watch for, best practices to follow, and metrics to monitor, etc. This would be the biggest benefit I get out of this book.
I would speculate that the target audience of this book are people who already have significant large scale software development experiences (developers, managers, executive), who had been in the trenches, struggled with and solved some of the... Read more
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Summary on How to Improve Enterprise Software Delivery,
This review is from: Enterprise Software Delivery: Bringing Agility and Efficiency to the Global Software Supply Chain (Paperback)This is a book that sums up any large organisation with a software delivery function. It certainly matches the experiences in my last company but also matches the many case studies I have heard from my colleagues over the years.
It starts by defining enterprise software delivery, noting it uses the word delivery and not development. This is on purpose as software development is only useful when in the hands of the end-user.
The key focus areas are:
* software supply chain and factories - a large portion of the book points to understanding the entire delivery process and understanding how to deal with distributed teams (whether they be within the organisation or partnered or near or offshore)
* collaboration - the importance of collaboration and the use of collaborative delivery environments (CDE) and collaborative application lifecycle management (CALM)
* agile - the importance of agile and approaches to rolling out and scaling in the... Read more
Practical Agility for Enterprise Solution Delivery,
This review is from: Enterprise Software Delivery: Bringing Agility and Efficiency to the Global Software Supply Chain (Paperback)What I like most about the book is how well it bridges the gap between taking "quantum-agility" at the level of individual teams, projects, and products and successfully reconciles it with the "organizational gravity" of the large-scale globally-distributed enterprise. It includes the practical realities and detail-level in its descriptions and doesnt get overly abstract, while at the same time successfully showing how to acknowledge the realities of large-scale corporation with many different-but-interconnected portfolios and product-lines across many departments and locations.
Delivery agility globally at scale means not just having practices and advice for team-level and enterprise-level activities and concerns but also for each level of scale in between them (for example, how to scale continuous integration across a portfolio of products using not just continuous integration builds, but also other levels of integration at build that need to happen at different but... Read more
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Table of Contents
List of Figures xi
About the Author xxvii
Chapter 1: Why Is Enterprise Software Delivery So Difficult? 1
1.1 Introduction 2
1.2 What Is an Enterprise System? 5
1.3 What Is Different Today? 7
1.4 What Is the Focus of an Enterprise Software Delivery Organization? 9
1.5 How Are the Needs for Enterprise Software Delivery Evolving? 11
1.6 Conclusions 13
Chapter 2: Anatomy of an Enterprise Software Delivery Project 15
2.1 Introduction 15
2.2 MyCo and the MyProj Enterprise Software Delivery Project 16
2.3 Business and Organizational Context 17
2.4 Project Context 18
2.5 Project Execution Results 19
2.6 Post Hoc Analysis 20
2.7 Commentary 25
2.8 Conclusions 27
Chapter 3: The Software Supply Chain and Software Factories 29
3.1 Introduction 30
3.2 Toward a Software Supply Chain 31
3.3 Industrializing Enterprise Software Delivery: An Analogy 33
3.4 A Software Factory Approach to Enterprise Software Delivery 34
3.5 Key Elements of the Software Factory 37
3.6 Examples and Illustrations 40
3.7 Observations and Commentary 47
3.8 Conclusions 50
Chapter 4: Collaborative Software Delivery 53
4.1 Introduction 53
4.2 Globally Distributed Development 55
4.3 Collaborative Delivery Environments 64
4.4 Collaborative Application Life- Cycle Management 67
4.5 Examples 70
4.6 Conclusions 80
Chapter 5: Agile Software Delivery 81
5.1 Introduction 82
5.2 Rethinking Enterprise Software Delivery 85
5.3 Agility at Enterprise Scale 90
5.4 Examples of Large- Scale Agile Adoption 109
5.5 Conclusions 115
Chapter 6: Software Quality 117
6.1 Introduction 118
6.2 A Broader View of Software Quality 120
6.3 Quality across the Software Supply Chain 126
6.4 Software Testing Factories 129
6.5 Security 134
6.6 Conclusions 136
Chapter 7: Governance, Measurement, and Metrics 137
7.1 Introduction 138
7.2 Measuring Enterprise Software Delivery 139
7.3 Managing the Global Software Supply Chain 146
7.4 Examples 150
7.5 Conclusions 153
Chapter 8: A Case Study in Agile- at- Scale Adoption at Danske Bank 155
8.1 Introduction 156
8.2 Motivation for Change 158
8.3 The Focus on Adopting an Agile Approach 159
8.4 The Danske Bank Agile Delivery Process 161
8.5 Implementing an Agile Delivery Process Workbench 163
8.6 Piloting the Danske Bank Agile Delivery Process 165
8.7 Measuring Success 167
8.8 Rollout Principles 168
8.9 Lessons Learned 170
8.10 Conclusions 171
Chapter 9: A Case Study in Global Software Product Delivery at IBM Rational 173
9.1 Introduction 174
9.2 Status and Motivation 175
9.3 Goals and Objectives for Software Delivery in Rational 176
9.4 Introducing Agile Delivery at Rational 179
9.5 Results and Observations 193
9.6 Conclusions 195
Chapter 10: Lessons for Success in Global Enterprise Software Delivery 197
10.1 Introduction 198
10.2 Revisiting the Enterprise 198
10.3 Risks and Limitations 204
10.4 Lessons from Other Domains 213
10.5 Examples and Illustrations 220
10.6 Conclusions 225
Chapter 11: The Future of Global Enterprise Software Delivery 227
11.1 Introduction 228
11.2 The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? 229
11.3 Into the Clouds 231
11.4 Sourcing Options 241
11.5 The Third Wave 244
11.6 Conclusions 246
Appendix A: Enterprise Software Delivery Revisited 249
A.1 Introduction 250
A.2 The Enterprise Software Delivery Organization 251
A.3 Managing an Enterprise Software Portfolio 254
A.4 Examining the Mix of Portfolio Solutions 257
A.5 Enterprise Integration Issues 266
A.6 Managing Change 272
A.7 Conclusions 274
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