The Art of Software Innovation

Eight Practice Areas to Inspire your Business

Editors: Pikkarainen, M., Codenie, W., Boucart, N., Heredia Alvaro, J.A. (Eds.)

  • First book on an increasingly important topic
  • Based on the experiences and insights from 28 partners from different disciplines cooperating in academic research and industrial practice
  • Takes into account the peculiarities of the software process, the software product, and the software business
  • Details techniques and best practices regarding how to blend innovation management with software engineering
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About this book

Imagine that you are the CEO of a software company. You know you compete in an environment that does not permit you to treat innovation as a secondary issue. But how should you manage your software innovation to get the most out of it?

This book will provide you with the answer.

Software innovation is multifaceted and the approaches used by companies can be very different. The team of authors that wrote this book took the assumption that there is no such thing as a universal software engineering process or innovation process. Some things work well for a certain company, others do not. The book is organized around what the authors call eight fundamental practice areas for innovation with software. Each practice area contains a number of activities that can help companies to master that practice area. It also contains industrial experience reports that illustrate the applicability of these practice areas in software companies and is structured in such a way that you can select and read only those practice areas that are relevant to your company.

The book is written with an industrial target audience in mind. Its most important goal is to challenge companies by offering them a framework to become more innovation-driven, rather than engineering-driven. Intrigued? Here you will find details of what you and your company can do to understand, implement, and sustain continuous innovation.

About the authors

Minna Pikkarainen is a Principal Scientist at the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. She has worked in several industrial-driven research projects and project preparations, collaborating closely with software companies across Europe. Minna is also a member of Sirris, The Collective Centre of the Belgian Technology Industry. Recently, her work has focused on research in the areas of agile development, software innovation and variability management.

Wim Codenie is Program Coordinator Software Engineering at Sirris. He advises companies about improving their software product development capabilities. His specific interests include product variability, agile software development and innovation management in software development; and he has set up several research initiatives on these topics.

Nick Boucart works as a technology advisor software engineering and ICT at Sirris. Nick facilitates companies to improve their software engineering capabilities. His interests include agile software development, software testing, software startups and (community-driven) innovation.

José Antonio Heredia Alvaro is Professor in the industrial systems engineering department at University Jaume I, Spain. He has published numerous papers in scientific journals as well as two books on industrial management, and has more than 15 years of experience in managing research projects. He had also founded two successful spin-off companies in the IT field, based on successful EU-funded projects.

Reviews

"Software innovation is radically changing the way we communicate, interact, and organise ourselves today. What is now, will be different tomorrow. The eight software innovation practice areas in this book will stimulate your creative assets to better use." - Suvi Keinänen, Movial Creative Technologies Inc.

"Software innovation is a major concern for IT service companies like Steria whose daily business no longer only consists of delivering innovative solutions to its customers but also of helping them on their journey towards innovation." - Pierre Paelinck, Steria

"Metso’s aim is to create value continuously by improving the quality, production and environmental aspects, and the cost-efficiency of its customers’ processes. Innovation plays a key role in implementing these aims." - Antti Välimäki, Metso

"Ever-accelerating technological change has moved innovation in the software sector past mere opportunity into the heart of the business strategy. We used to be amazed that young start-ups could challenge and unseat global IT giants in just a few years. Now we measure such shifts in mere months and speculate on how the current crop will stand up to next quarters’ challengers. Innovation in software is about more than planning the next product release or service methodology update. We need to embrace perpetual agile business ecosystem incubation and adaptation to increase value creation." - Peter Stuer, Spikes

"If you are a software-intensive company about to embark on the journey towards innovation mastery, this book is definitely the best guide you will find. This book is written by researchers and experienced practitioners who have been exploring and mapping the complex innovation landscape for years. This book brings it all together. It is an impressive collaborative effort to which I'm proud to have contributed." - Wim Soens, Director of Innovation, Research and Development at CogniStreamer

"This book should be very popular as a reference for project managers and technology officers who want something more than an ad hoc approach to software innovation. [...] This book is very well organized and edited. [...] The feel of the text is much like a well-written software engineering document; its many figures help readers visualize the concepts. [...] This volume is an important contribution to the literature on software innovation." - M. G. Murphy, ACM Computing Reviews, March 2012


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Art of Software Innovation
Book Subtitle
Eight Practice Areas to Inspire your Business
Editors
  • Minna Pikkarainen
  • Wim Codenie
  • Nick Boucart
  • José Antonio Heredia Alvaro
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-21049-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-21049-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-21048-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43801-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 200
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