New White Papers Now Available

  1. Posted on December 21, 2012 5:29:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
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We've recently posted more new white papers on our website. These are free to members (and membership is free).

5 Things Every Software Executive Should Know About Scrum

The success (or failure) of Scrum is all in how’s it’s adopted. This white paper explores five key things software executives should understand when considering a Scrum adoption. It summarizes what Scrum can and cannot do and provides advice to software executives on how they can support the adoption of Scrum.

Bridging the Product Introduction Gap

 New software and hardware technologies are driving product innovation at an unprecedented rate. Companies that thrive in this new era will adopt practices that foster product management and product development collaboration to blend new technology alternatives with sound market insight.

Early Requirements Prioritization

Organizations can recognize significant schedule and cost savings by making early decisions about what will and will not be delivered by a project or program. This paper outlines a technique for early analysis of the potential cost to develop a feature and the potential return on investment. This preliminary information helps organizations make early business decision about feature set priorities.

Introducing Agility into a Phase Gate Process

 Phase gate processes are common in mature software development organizations that want to support continuous evaluation of products and projects to ensure that it makes sense for the business to continue its investment in them. Some organizations want to introduce additional agility into their phase gate process while maintaining their oversight and governance. This white paper outlines the major considerations and keys to success to introducing agility into a well defined phase gate process.

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Steve McConnell

Steve McConnell is CEO and Chief Software Engineer at Construx Software where he consults to a broad range of industries, teaches seminars, and oversees Construx’s software development practices. In 1998, readers of Software Development magazine named Steve one of the three most influential people in the software industry along with Bill Gates and Linus Torvalds.

Steve is the author of Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (2006), Code Complete (1993, 2004), Rapid Development (1996), Software Project Survival Guide (1998), and Professional Software Development (2004). His books twice won Software Development magazine's Jolt Excellence award for outstanding software development book of the year.

Steve has served as Editor in Chief of IEEE Software magazine, on the Panel of Experts of the SWEBOK project, and as Chair of the IEEE Computer Society’s Professional Practices Committee.

Steve received a Bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and earned a Master’s degree in software engineering from Seattle University.
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