Software Ownership Transfer Evolving Knowledge Transfer for the Agile World

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-07-06
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
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Organizations invest immense amounts of time, resources, and attention in their software projects. But all too often, when it's time to transfer the finished project to new "owners," they settle for the most superficial classroom training, documentation, and code walkthroughs. These conventional approaches to knowledge transfer often fail, dramatically reducing the value of new systems in production. You can do much better - and Software Ownership Transfer will show you how.


This is the first practical, hands-on guide to knowledge transfer in today's agile environments. Using a realistic, large-scale case study, ThoughtWorks expert Vinod Sankaranarayanan shows how to elevate knowledge transfer from "necessary evil" to an activity full of agility and innovation, and bring together multiple organizations and cultures to make ownership transfer work.


Sankaranarayanan explains why mere documentation of error reports and processes isn't enough, and shows how to successfully craft a knowledge transfer program that's more substantive and effective. Along the way, he offers guidance on overcoming the commercial compromises and personal tensions often associated with transferring systems to new ownership; and on transforming mere "knowledge transfer" into something much better: "taking ownership."

Author Biography

Vinod has been working in the IT industry for close to 15 years. After starting his career by working on SDLC projects, Vinod moved onto Agile project management. He was part of the Agile Council at Mindtree, setting up Agile practices on an organization wide basis. After joining ThoughtWorks, Vinod worked with UK’s largest train ticket distributing company. Vinod oversaw the ownership transfer process from Thoughtworks in Bangalore to the Trainline’s UK offices. 

Vinod holds a B.Tech (Hons) from NITC and an MBA from IIMK. He is also a PMP and a CSM. He has conducted a session on transitioning from SDLC to Agile Projects at the PMI. Vinod has published extensively in the Economic Times and Times of India.  His blog can be read at 

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Program
3. Program Structure and Governance
4. Ownership Transfer - Bringing Home a Child
5. Being Agile
6. Engineering
7. Infrastructure
8. Continuous Business
9. Culture
10. Knowledge Transfer
11. Process
12. What is Changing in the World?
13. Can We Generalize?

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