Agile Software Development with HP Agile Manager
Agile development practices have been widely adopted in a variety of organizations, yet only a few tools are available to help make the practical process of managing agile teams less painful and more successful.

HP Agile Manager is a purpose-built SaaS-based Agile planning tool. HP Agile Manager provides a simpler, smarter way to manage collaborative development.

Liran Tal provides a practical, concise approach to using Agile Manager in a variety of settings to better plan, conduct, and manage software releases within development teams. His step-by-step approach will show you how to plan your product's features, streamline the agile sprint process, work with user stories, and track defects throughout the development process.

Agile Manager can work for small startups, mid-sized teams, as well as scale up for bigger organizations as a cost-effective and flexible tool to apply agile techniques to improve your software development process. more »
Adaptive Code via C#
As every developer knows, requirements are subject to change. But when you build adaptability into your code, you can respond to change more easily and avoid disruptive rework. Focusing on Agile programming, this book describes the best practices, principles, and patterns that enable you to create flexible, adaptive code - and deliver better business value. more »
Lean Enterprise
How well does your organization respond to changing market conditions, customer needs, and emerging technologies when building software-based products? This practical guide presents Lean and Agile principles and patterns to help you move fast at scale - and demonstrates why and how to apply these methodologies throughout your organization, rather than with just one department or team.

Through case studies, you'll learn how successful enterprises have rethought everything from governance and financial management to systems architecture and organizational culture in the pursuit of radically improved performance. Adopting Lean will take time and commitment, but it's vital for harnessing the cultural and technical forces that are accelerating the rate of innovation. more »
Pro Android 5
Pro Android 5 shows you how to build real-world and fun mobile apps using the Android 5 SDK. This book updates the best-selling Pro Android and covers everything from the fundamentals of building apps for smartphones, tablets, and embedded devices to advanced concepts such as custom components, multi-tasking, sensors/augmented reality, better accessories support and much more.

By reading this definitive tutorial and reference, you'll gain the knowledge and experience to create stunning, cutting-edge Android apps that can make you money, while keeping you agile enough to respond to changes in the future. more »
JIRA Agile Essentials
JIRA Agile is a plugin that adds agile project management to any JIRA project. It allows you to visualize your existing process and stimulate incremental improvement. JIRA Agile brings the power of agile methodology to Atlassian JIRA.

With JIRA Agile Essentials you will dive straight into the action, exploring critical agile terminologies and concepts in the context of JIRA Agile. Learn to install and run JIRA Agile, and set it up to run with Scrum and Kanban. Collaborate with your colleagues to define requirements, create user stories, and manage and plan sprints based on the availability of your members. Create reports and share your project progress with other stakeholders.

With this practical guide, you will develop a great working knowledge of JIRA Agile and make your project management much more efficient. more »
Mastering JIRA
JIRA is an issue-tracking tool from Atlassian and has gained immense popularity in recent years due to its ease of use and, at the same time, its customization abilities and finely grained control over various functions. JIRA offers functionalities for creating tasks and assigning them to users and many useful add-ons can be added such as JIRA Agile for Agile tracking and Groovy scripts, a powerful tool for administering customizations for customizations.

This book explains how to master the key functionalities of JIRA and its customizations and add-ons, and is packed with real-world examples and use cases. You will first learn how to plan JIRA installation. Next, you will be given a brief refresher of fundamental concepts and learn about customizations in detail. Next, this book will take you through add-on development to extend JIRA functionality. Finally, this book will explore best practices and troubleshooting, to help you find out what went wrong and how to fix it. more »
Mastering Gradle
With Gradle, you can efficiently build automation framework along with some flexible alternatives to customized build logic. This book starts with sound basics about build automation and how Gradle fits into this automation. It then moves on to give you a good exposure on Groovy - a scripting language used to write Gradle - and helps you understand a key elements of Groovy programming language. In the following chapters, you will deal with task management and learn how to integrate Ant tasks into build scripts. Furthermore, you will learn dependency management, plugin management, and its configuration techniques in Gradle. You will also get hands-on with building and testing projects using Gradle. You will then begin to cover diverse topics, such as Continuous Integration with Jenkins and TeamCity, Migration strategies, and Deployment, which enables you to learn concepts useful for Agile software development. Finally, you will also learn how to create a simple mobile application using Android and explore how Gradle can help you to build and test the application. more »
Agile Performance Improvement
Agile Performance Improvement demonstrates the mutual benefits that accrue to the worlds of performance consulting and agile software development when the values and principles of both are blended synergistically under the guidance of practitioners skilled in both. The agile performance improvement model blends the principles of human performance technology with the frameworks and practices of Agile. The result is an approach that maximizes the value of interactions among the consultant, the work team, and the customer. Unlike traditional end-to-end waterfall processes, agile performance improvement delivers value continuously and in small increments, relentlessly focusing on outcomes of value to the customer. Building on structures of Agile that are used in software development, such as Scrum, the agile performance improvement model considers the human component of holistic solutions in establishing a continuous stream of value. more »
Executable Specifications with Scrum
Most books about specifications still assume that requirements can be known up front and won't change much during your project. In today's “real world,” however, you must specify and build software in the face of high and continuing uncertainty. Scrum and other agile methods have evolved to reflect this reality. Now, there's a complete guide to specifying software in agile environments when prerequisites are unclear, requirements are difficult to grasp, and anything about your project could change.

Long-time agile coach and enterprise architect Mario Cardinal shows how to create executable specifications and use them to test software behavior against requirements. Cardinal shows how to trawl requirements incrementally, step-by-step, using a vision-centric and emergent iterative practice that is designed for agility. Writing for analysts, architects, developers, and managers, Cardinal makes a strong case for the iterative discovery of requirements. Then, he moves from theory to practice, fully explaining the technical mechanisms and empirical techniques you need to gain full value from executable specifications. more »
Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio ALM 2015
This book is the authoritative source on implementing Continuous Delivery practices using Microsoft's Visual Studio and TFS 2015. Microsoft MVP authors Mathias Olausson and Jakob Ehn translate the theory behind this methodology and show step by step how to implement Continuous Delivery in a real world environment.

Building good software is challenging. Building high-quality software on a tight schedule can be close to impossible. Continuous Delivery is an agile and iterative technique that enables developers to deliver solid, working software in every iteration. Continuous delivery practices help IT organizations reduce risk and potentially become as nimble, agile, and innovative as startups. more »