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"Royce's book excels beyond any other compendium on writing I've ever read, covering everything from the complex world of interpersonal communications to team dynamics and the intimacy of romance. Royce illustrates the mysteries and marvels of communications with overflowing enthusiasm, tongue-in-cheek humor, and torturous brain teasers. The chapter on verbosity alone is reason enough to buy this book."
Jane Shurtleff

 

Media Room

Videos

CIO Magazine logoLive Expo Interview-Walker Royce, IBM Rational
Interview with Scott Laningham
DeveloperWorks Podcast

At Innovate 2011, IBM Rational helped cut through the complexity of developing smarter products, systems and software delivery. By integrating people, processes and data and by facilitating team collaboration, teams can become more agile and responsive as they drive towards optimized product and systems delivery.
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CIO Magazine logoIBM Innovate 2011 GS1 - Walker Royce

The Premier Event for Software and Systems Innovation.
Innovate 2010 closed with resident Chief Software Economist and long time software delivery expert, Walker Royce, who laid out a framework for improved software economics and measured improvement that has been deployed by hundreds of customers around the world.

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CIO Magazine logoHow Soft is Your Software?
Interview with CIOZone
Roger Green, Executive Editor, CIOZone

Roger Green: ...tell our viewers, our CIO members a little about your role at IBM and, particularly, what you're concentrating on this week?

Walker Royce: I'm now the chief software economist at IBM and, in particular, in the rational brand. Our mission is that software is becoming one of the most important business processes in the world, if not the most important.
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The Rise and Fall of WaterfallThe Rise And Fall Of Waterfall
The true history of software development methodology called Waterfall...
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Books

The Economics of Iterative Software Development:
Steering Toward Better Business Results

By Walker Royce, Kurt Bittner, Michael Perrow

Results-Based Software Management: Achieve Better Outcomes with Finite Resources Effective software development is no longer merely an IT concern: today, it is crucial to the entire enterprise. However, most businesspeople are not ready to make informed decisions about software initiatives. The Economics of Iterative Software Development: Steering Toward Better Business Results will prepare them. Drawing on decades of software development and business experience, the authors demonstrate how to utilize practical, economics-based techniques to plan and manage software projects for maximum return on technology investments.

 

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Software Project Management:
A Unified Framework
(The Addison-Wesley Object Technology)
By Walker Royce

For a cutting-edge take on how to manage today's object-oriented, iterative software development process, take a look at Walker Royce's Software Project Management. This readable, comprehensive guide shows how well-managed software teams can produce better, more profitable software in less time. The book begins by outlining the "traditional" waterfall approach to software development. The author looks at what changes for management when it comes to today's iterative software processes.

 

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Technical Papers

IBM Development WorksSuccessful software management style:
Steering and balance

Walker Royce, Vice President,
IBM Rational Worldwide Brand Services

Summary: from The Rational Edge: This article introduces some comparisons between managing a software production and managing a movie production, and then discusses four software management practices observed from successful projects.
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IBM Development WorksImproving Software Economics:
Top 10 Principles of Achieving Agility at Scale

Walker Royce Vice President,
IBM Software Services, Rational

From software development to software delivery
The world is becoming more dependent on software delivery efficiency and world economies are becoming more dependent on producing software with improved economic outcomes.
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International Journal of Software and InformaticsMeasuring Agility and Architectural Integrity
Walker Royce
Chief Software Economist, IBM, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Abstract Most organizations that depend on software are pursuing more flexible archi- tectures and more agile life-cycle processes to increase business flexibility. What does agility look like, and how do we measure it?

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