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Organizations invest immense amounts of time, resources, and attention in their software projects. But all too often, when it's time to transfer the finished project to new "owners," they settle for the most superficial classroom training, documentation, and code walkthroughs. These conventional approaches to knowledge transfer often fail, dramatically reducing the value of new systems in production. You can do much better - and Software Ownership Transfer will show you how.
This is the first practical, hands-on guide to knowledge transfer in today's agile environments. Using a realistic, large-scale case study, ThoughtWorks expert Vinod Sankaranarayanan shows how to elevate knowledge transfer from "necessary evil" to an activity full of agility and innovation, and bring together multiple organizations and cultures to make ownership transfer work.
Sankaranarayanan explains why mere documentation of error reports and processes isn't enough, and shows how to successfully craft a knowledge transfer program that's more substantive and effective. Along the way, he offers guidance on overcoming the commercial compromises and personal tensions often associated with transferring systems to new ownership; and on transforming mere "knowledge transfer" into something much better: "taking ownership."
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Chapter 1 The Challenge with Knowledge Transfers
Chapter 2 Ownership Transfer: Bringing Home a Child
Chapter 3 The Approach
Chapter 4 Purpose of the Program
Chapter 5 Being Agile
Chapter 6 Culture
Chapter 7 Engineering
Chapter 8 Infrastructsure
Chapter 9 Continuous Business
Chapter 10 Executing Ownership Transfer
Chapter 11 Process
Chapter 12 Measuring Ownership Transfer
Chapter 13 The Three Bridges
Chapter 14 Putting it Together
Chapter 15 Conclusion
Chapter 16 Epilogue