The Business Value of Agile Software Methods (Hardcover)

Maximizing ROI with Just-in-Time Processes and Documentation

By David Rico, Hasan Sayani, Saya Sone

J. Ross Publishing, 9781604270310, 280pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2009

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Whether to continue using traditional cost and benefit analysis methods such as systems and software engineering standards or to use a relatively new family of software development processes known as Agile methods is one of most prevalent questions within the information technology field today. Since each family of methods has its strengths and weaknesses, the question being raised by a growing number of executives and practitioners is: Which family of methods provides the greater business value and return on investment (ROI)?

Whereas traditional methods have been in use for many decades, Agile methods are still a new phenomenon and, until now, very little literature has existed on how to quantify the business value of Agile methods in economic terms, such as ROI and net present value (NPV).Using cost of quality, total cost of ownership, and total life cycle cost parameters, The Business Value of Agile Software Methods offers a comprehensive methodology and introduces the industry's initial top-down parametric models for quantifying the costs and benefits of using Agile methods to create innovative software products. Based on real-world data, it illustrates the first simple-to-use parametric models of Real Options for estimating the business value of Agile methods since the inception of the Nobel prize-winning Black-Scholes formula. Numerous examples on how to estimate the costs, benefits, ROI, NPV, and real options of the major types of Agile methods such as Scrum, Extreme Programming and Crystal Methods are also included. In addition, this reference provides the first comprehensive compilation of cost and benefit data on Agile methods from an analysis of hundreds of research studies.

The Business Value of Agile Software Methods shatters key myths and misconceptions surrounding the modern-day phenomenon of Agile methods for creating software products. It provides a complete business value comparison between traditional and Agile methods. The keys to maximizing the business value of any method are low costs and high benefits and the business value of Agile methods, when compared to traditional methods, proves to be very impressive. Agile methods are a new model of project management that can be used to improve the success, business value, and ROI of high-risk and highly complex IT projects in today's dynamic, turbulent, and highly uncertain marketplace. If you are an executive, manager, scholar, student, consultant or practitioner currently on the fence, you need to read this book!

About the Author

Dr. David F. Rico, PMP, CSM, has been a technical leader in support of NASA, DARPA, DISA, SPAWAR, USAF, AFMC, NAVAIR, CECOM, and MICOM for over 25 years. He has led, managed, or participated in over 20 organization change initiatives using Agile methods, Lean Six Sigma, ISO 9001, CMMI, SW-CMM, Enterprise Architecture, Baldrige, and DoD 5000. Dr. Rico specializes in IT investment analysis, IT project management, and IT-enabled change. He has been an international keynote speaker, published numerous articles, and written or contributed to six textbooks. David holds a B.S. in Computer Science, an M.S. in Software Engineering, and a D.M. in Information Systems.

Dr. Hasan H. Sayani has been in industry and academia for over 40 years. His interests are in information systems, information systems development, life cycle methods and tools, and semantic database management systems. Dr. Sayani has taught at the University of Maryland College Park in the Information Systems Management program. He co-founded a firm which built systems for various commercial and governmental organizations. Dr. Sayani has participated in various professional and standardization organizations (e.g., IEEE, ACM, CASE, ANS, CODASYL, DoD, CALS, etc.). Hasan holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Saya Sone, PMP, has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies, such as CSC, BT, and AOL. She has led numerous data center design, software development, marketing, and customer support projects. Dr. Sone managed a corporate-wide rollout of Agile methods and Scrum at a major U.S. e-commerce firm. Her field of specialty is Agile Project Management. Saya holds an M.A. in Project Management, a D.B.A. in Information Systems and is also a Certified Scrum Practitioner.