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The Agile Developer's Handbook

By : Paul Flewelling
Book Image

The Agile Developer's Handbook

By: Paul Flewelling

Overview of this book

This book will help you overcome the common challenges you’ll face when transforming your working practices from waterfall to Agile. Each chapter builds on the last, starting with easy-to-grasp ways to get going with Agile. Next you’ll see how to choose the right Agile framework for your organization. Moving on, you’ll implement systematic product delivery and measure and report progress with visualization. Then you’ll learn how to create high performing teams, develop people in Agile, manage in Agile, and perform distributed Agile and collaborative governance. At the end of the book, you’ll discover how Agile will help your company progressively deliver software to customers, increase customer satisfaction, and improve the level of efficiency in software development teams.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Setting objectives to create alignment of purpose

Giving teams relative autonomy by operating a system using subtle control means we have to devise ways of creating alignment within our organization. If our team is to be successful, it has to understand its purpose and how it fits with the rest of the group.

The following diagram shows a typical organizational hierarchy of strategic intent:

An organization's mission or purpose is the reason it exists. It rarely changes and is often defined in a single sentence. We mentioned a few prominent companies and their purpose in Chapter 5, Bootstrap Teams with Liftoffs; here are those examples again:

  • Google: To organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful
  • Tesla: To accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy
  • Kickstarter: To help bring creative projects to life

An organization...