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  1. 15 Fundamentals for Higher Performance in Software Development: Includes discussions on CMMI, Lean Six Sigma, Agile and SEMAT's Essence Framework
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  2. 15 Fundamentals for Higher Performance in Software Development: Includes discussions on CMMI, Lean Six Sigma, Agile and SEMAT's Essence Framework

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Millions of dollars are spent annually on process improvement initiatives that too frequently fall short of their goals. Due at least in part to this situation, today many are turned off and have tuned out when it comes to the multitude of process and performance improvement approaches along with their related hype and buzzwords. Agile, CMMI, Kanban, Lean, Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, PSP, and TSP to name just a few.

Drawing on decades of process improvement experience, author Paul E. McMahon explains why we are facing these problems and how you can get yourself and your organization back on track focused on the things that matter most to both your own personal performance and your organization's performance. This book is equally about personal and organizational performance.

This book discusses many popular improvement approaches including the CMMI, Lean Six Sigma, and Agile Retrospectives; it highlights fifteen (15) fundamentals common to all successful improvement efforts where sustainable high value performance improvements are achieved; and it shares a vision (and an actual example that holds promise) of a simple “thinking framework” that can help counter the patterns that may be holding you and your organization back from the sustainable high performance you seek.

Paul also shares real examples from his consulting experiences, a personal performance improvement experience, and stories from high performing athletes and musicians to help you think about performance improvement outside-the-box.

Praise for 15 Fundamentals...

“…this book is about far more than CMMI…I believe that it's critical that we listen to, think about, and then act on the criticisms that Paul shares with us…. Should you read this book? If you are interested in software process improvement, if you are responsible for an agile transformation effort, or if you are an IT professional who wants to get better at what they do, then I also think the answer is a resounding yes. In short, Paul has written another great one.”
Scott Ambler, Co-Author of Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise

"Paul has a refreshingly different approach to process improvement. It is based on sound theory, personal observations over a long career, and his participation in the groundbreaking SEMAT project. This book is a perfect counterpoint to the traditional improvement methods so often applied with CMMI, Six Sigma, and other improvement approaches. Read it and then wonder how you ever survived those other approaches."
Dr. Richard Turner, Co-Author of CMMI Survival Guide: Just Enough Process Improvement

"Many efforts have been made to capture the enormous breadth and depth of knowledge and practices necessary to improve organizational performance. Until now, these efforts have either woefully lacked for substance or completeness. More likely, other efforts simply gave up on the fantasy of being complete and settled for a focus on a tiny subset of what's needed to be said. Through masterful architecting of ideas, Paul's 15 Fundamentals for Higher Performance in Software Development offers a readily digestible framework to provide both substance and completeness to a very large, complex and important subjects."
Hillel Glazer, Author, High Performance Operations, CMMI High Maturity Lead Appraiser

"Paul has done a great job looking at a wide spectrum of prevalent software methods, without a bias for or against any, and come up with a few practical tips for a sustained performance improvement. If you are short of time or don't know where to start the book, jump to the 15 fundamentals. They are worth their weight in gold."
Prabhakar R. Karve, Director of Engineering, Impetus

“I very much like the 'out of the box' approach. The book exemplifies high maturity thinking in a simple way.”
Winifred Menezes, CMMI High Maturity Lead Appraiser

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

In “15 Fundamentals…” Paul is first stepping back to explain the problem the software engineering community needs to solve. He does this in a non-biased way by examining many of the popular existing approaches and improvement frameworks, then discussing where organizations have gone off track in the past. As he presents this information he also presents a vision for a framework that could potentially help organizations in ways that past approaches have fallen short. What I find most appealing about this approach is that it allows the reader to consider different options to solving the problem without jamming a solution down the reader’s throat.
Another aspect I particularly like about this book is how Paul presents his 15 fundamentals with rationale that is hard to disagree with, and – more importantly-- he explains why many organizations fail over and over to follow these fundamentals even when they know they work. This all sets the stage for a... Read more
Paul provides very practical advice for improving personal and team performances in software engineering in this book based on his extensive consulting experiences. He sheds new light on the ways how software engineering practitioners can apply patterns, checklists and measurements to improve their performance immediately, incrementally and continuously. He has been deeply involved in developing the guide for practical use of the new OMG standard, Essence--the kernel and language for software engineering methods, and suggests in this book a very smart way to use Essence for better decisions and better practices in software engineering endeavors.
Paul McMahon has done it again. He has taken a unique look at the process improvement world which, to be honest, I felt had started to grow a little stale, and found a way to say here is why you still care. As a practitioner his message was an eye opener for me. As a consultant I need to be able to deliver his message to my clients.
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