Changing Software Development: Learning to Become Agile

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Changing Software Development explains why software development is an exercise in change management and organizational intelligence.  An underlying belief is that change is learning and learning creates knowledge.  By blending the theory of knowledge management, developers and managers will gain the tools to enhance learning and change to accommodate new innovative approaches such as agile and lean computing.

Changing Software Development is peppered with practical advice and case studies to explain how and why knowledge, learning and change are important in the development process.  Today, managers are pre-occupied with knowledge management, organization learning and change management; while software developers are often ignorant of the bigger issues embedded in their work.  This innovative book bridges this divide by linking the software world of technology and processes to the business world of knowledge, learning and change.

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Allan Kelly worked as a developer for over 10 years, and now helps software teams and companies improve their ability to deliver software. Patterns, other writing and more information can be found on his website: http://www.allankelly.net
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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Feb 28, 2008
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Pages
258
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ISBN
9780470725313
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English
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Computers / General
Computers / Software Development & Engineering / General
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