The Art of Agile Practice: A Composite Approach for Projects and Organizations

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The Art of Agile Practice: A Composite Approach for Projects and Organizations presents a consistent, integrated, and strategic approach to achieving "Agility" in your business. Transcending beyond Agile as a software development method, it covers the gamut of methods in an organization-including business processes, governance standards, project ma
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Bhuvan Unhelkar (BE, MDBA, MSc, PhD; FACS) has spent close to three decades in the information and communication technologies (ICT) industry as a strategist as well as a hands-on professional. As the founder of MethodScience.com, he has demonstrated consulting and training expertise in business analysis, software engineering, Agile processes, mobile business, and Green IT (environment) in banking, financial, insurance, government, and telecom verticals. He is an adjunct associate professor with the University of Western Sydney, Australia (where he had formed the Mobile Internet Research and Applications Group-MIRAG) and a visiting faculty at the University of Technology, Sydney, MS University, Baroda, India, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Hartford Graduate Campus), CT, USA. He has authored 17 books and several executive reports (Cutter, Boston, USA), supervised numerous PhD students, and has extensively presented and published papers and case studies. Dr. Unhelkar is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, life member of Computer Society of India, president of the Rotary Club in St. Ives, Sydney (and a Paul Harris Fellow), a Discovery volunteer at NSW parks and wildlife, and a previous TiE mentor.

Dr. Unhelkar obtained the PhD degree in the area of "object orientation" from the University of Technology, Sydney, in 1997. Subsequently, he has designed and delivered course units such as Global Information Systems, Object Oriented Analysis and Design, Business Process Reengineering, and IT Project Management to the industry as well as across universities in Australia, China, and India.

Other CRC Press (T&F) Books by the author:

  • Mobile Enterprise Transition and Management, 2009
    After the Y2K Fireworks,1999
    Green IT Strategies & Applications, 2011
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CRC Press
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Published on
Apr 19, 2016
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Pages
527
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ISBN
9781439851197
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English
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Business & Economics / Information Management
Computers / Information Technology
Computers / Software Development & Engineering / General
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