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Adaptive Software Development: An Evolutionary Approach to Controlling Chaotic Systems


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This innovative text offers a practical, realistic approach to managing high-speed, high-change software development projects. Consultant James A. Highsmith shows readers how to increase collaboration and adapt to uncertainty.

Many organizations start high-speed, high-change projects without knowing how to do them — and even worse, without knowing they don't know. Successful completion of these projects is often at the expense of the project team.

This book emphasizes an adaptive, collaborative approach to software development. The concepts allow developers to "scale-up" rapid application development and extreme programming approaches for use on larger, more complex projects.

The four goals of the book are to
-- support an adaptive culture or mindset, in which change and uncertainty are assumed to be the natural state — not a false expectation of order
-- introduce frameworks to guide the iterative process of managing change
-- institute collaboration, the interaction of people on three levels: interpersonal, cultural, and structural
-- add rigor and discipline to the RAD approach, making it scalable to the uncertainty and complexity of real-life undertakings

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Offers a theory for software development management that suggests an adaptive culture in which change and uncertainty are assumed to be the natural state, as opposed to the conventional belief that optimization is the only solution to increasingly complex problems. The approach combines customer focus groups, versioning, time-boxed management, and active prototyping. The book does not provide a set of prescriptive rules or tasks, but a framework of concepts, practices, and guidelines.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-347) and index.

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(a collaborative approach to managing complex systems )
Highsmith, James A.
Orr, Ken
Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
New York :
Information Management
Management Information Systems
Programming - Software Development
Computer software
Computer systems
Self-adaptive software
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
al-juz® 9
Publication Date:
xxxi, 358 p.
9.23x7.40x.89 in. 1.40 lbs.

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