LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 12 July, 2010 – To broaden the reach of its practical and portable ReadyNotes line of electronic guidebooks, the IEEE Computer Society Press has just launched its first edition designed for Amazon.com’s Kindle e-reader: The Concise Executive Guide to Agile by Israel Gat.
“The Kindle edition of The Concise Executive Guide to Agile is yet another example of the Computer Society’s initiatives to provide new and exciting products for our members,” said Sorel Reisman, 2011 IEEE Computer Society President. “The availability of technical content on electronic readers such as the Kindle represents our efforts to transform traditional print products into the variety of digital formats necessary for our members’ convenience and professional development in the 21st Century.”
Kindle editions are viewable via any generation Kindle e-reader as well as any other computer or mobile device that has the appropriate free Kindle application installed. The .PDF format published in May will continue to be available directly from the Computer Society via the online store, and it is compatible with any computer or device that can display .PDFs.
"How appropriate it is that a book on Agile software methods was chosen as the pilot Kindle project by the prestigious IEEE Computer Society," said Israel Gat. "The reach and richness of Kindle make it an ideal vehicle for effectively disseminating the Agile message to audiences that so far have not been touched by it."
The Concise Executive Guide to Agile covers four main topics: the rationale for agile, as well as implementing it, fitting it into a company, and scaling it to the enterprise level. The guide targets executives working in every function that agile affects, from research and development, marketing, sales, and program management to professional services, customer support, finance, and IT, providing them with the concepts and principles they need to become effective with agile initiatives.
The ReadyNote also touches on Gat’s research for the global IT advisory firm Cutter Consortium in analyzing technical debt and applying it as an integral part of software project governance.
“This title is a great fit to be our pilot project for Kindle,” said Evan Butterfield, the Computer Society’s Director of Products and Services. “Content designed for e-readers is especially attractive for the kinds of busy executives who can benefit most from Dr. Gat’s guide.”
Gat's executive career has spanned top technology companies, including IBM, Microsoft, Digital, BMC, and EMC. He led the development of products such as the BMC Performance Manager and Microsoft Operations Manager, enabling the two companies to move on to the next generation of system management technology. He is also well-versed in growing smaller companies and has held advisory and venture capital positions for companies in new, high-growth markets.
Gat holds a PhD in computer sciences from the Israeli Institute of Technology and an MBA from Clark University. In addition to publishing with the IEEE Computer Society and the Cutter Consortium, he posts frequently in The Agile Executive and tweets as agile_exec.