Agile!: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly by Bertrand Meyer

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By Bertrand Meyer

Are you attracted by way of the guarantees of agile tools yet do away with by way of the fanaticism of many agile texts? do you want to understand which agile concepts paintings, which of them don't topic a lot, and which of them will damage your tasks? then you definitely desire Agile!: the 1st exhaustive, goal evaluation of agile ideas, strategies and tools.

Agile tools are some of the most very important advancements in software program during the last a long time, but additionally a stunning mixture of the easiest and the worst. previously each venture and developer needed to tackle the great rules from the undesirable via themselves. This booklet spares you the soreness. It bargains either an intensive descriptive presentation of agile thoughts and a perceptive research in their advantages and limitations.

Agile! serves first as a primer on agile improvement: one bankruptcy every one introduces agile ideas, roles, managerial practices, technical practices and artifacts. A separate bankruptcy analyzes the 4 significant agile equipment: severe Programming, Lean software program, Scrum and Crystal.

The accompanying severe research explains what you'll want to preserve and discard from agile principles. it's in line with Meyer’s thorough realizing of software program engineering, and his vast own adventure of programming and venture administration. He highlights the constraints of agile tools in addition to their actually awesome contributions — even these to which their very own authors don't do complete justice.

Three very important chapters precede the middle dialogue of agile rules: an summary, serving as a focus of the whole ebook; a dissection of the highbrow units utilized by agile authors; and a overview of classical software program engineering options, similar to requisites research and lifecycle types, which agile tools criticize.

The ultimate chapters describe the precautions corporation should still take in the course of a transition to agile improvement and current an total evaluation of agile ideas.

This is the 1st e-book to debate agile tools, past the brouhaha, within the normal context of recent software program engineering. it's a key source for initiatives that are looking to mix the simplest of demonstrated effects and agile thoughts.

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After reading one description too many (“you have been ill served by the software industry ← “Catastrophfor 40 years — not purposefully, but inextricably”) of how terrible everything was before the ism”, page 26. author rode his white horse to the rescue, I had some fun trying to imagine the circumstances that might lead someone to write such a sentence. Here is the result. On a cold morning of February 2012, Mr. S woke up early. He had set up his iPhone’s alarm to a favorite tune from Götterdämmerung, downloaded from a free-MP3 site.

Undertake to untangle the best from the not-so-good and the pretty bad. 4 Catastrophism When you are advocating a new approach, it is natural to highlight flaws of the current ways of doing things. If everything were perfect, why should people listen to you? Certainly the state of software engineering leaves much to be criticized. To be credible, however, such criticism must be accurate. Software engineering started around 1968 with the recognition of a “software crisis”. For many years it was customary to start any article on any software topic by a lament about the horrible situation of the field; you would not explicitly write that the little contribution of your article — a methodological idea, a new programming language, a programming tool — was going to solve the “crisis”; it was enough to plant the suggestion in the reader’s mind and let him draw the conclusion.

Denning 2012] (also source of other citations in this subsection except as otherwise marked). 2 You will be hooted down because you reject novelty. Denning’s paper starts with the Einstein quote that “If at first an idea is not absurd, there is no hope for it”. It is always good practice, for an author whose arguments are a bit shaky, to use a hackneyed Einstein citation. You will find lots of them around the Web, some even authentic. Against Einstein, what are we poor souls to do? Settle for mediocrity, that’s what!

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