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Outside-in Software Development: A Practical Approach to Building Successful Stakeholder-based Products by John Sweitzer, Carl Kessler

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Chapter 6. Defining Success in Your Stakeholders’ Terms

“A good developer knows that there is more to development than programming. A great developer knows that there is more to development than development.”—Scott Ambler1

Your code shipped. Congratulations! Perhaps you’re planning to attend the post-ship party and take some well-deserved time off before work will begin on the next release. So, all is good. Or is it?

An outside-in developer defines success in terms that matter to the stakeholders. At this point, it is fair to focus on the first set of principal stakeholders. What’s their take on things?

They have your product in hand. How long will it take to go from download or disc install to integrated and effective production? This is a very ...

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