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

By Bertrand Meyer

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

Agile tools are some of the most very important advancements in software program over the last many years, but in addition a shocking mixture of the simplest and the worst. before each venture and developer needed to deal with the nice rules from the undesirable via themselves. This publication spares you the ache. It deals either an intensive descriptive presentation of agile thoughts and a perceptive research in their merits and limitations.

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

The accompanying serious research explains what you want to continue and discard from agile rules. it really is in keeping with Meyer’s thorough realizing of software program engineering, and his vast own adventure of programming and undertaking administration. He highlights the restrictions of agile tools in addition to their actually amazing 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 outline, serving as a focus of the whole publication; a dissection of the highbrow units utilized by agile authors; and a evaluation of classical software program engineering options, equivalent to specifications research and lifecycle versions, which agile equipment criticize.

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

This is the 1st publication to debate agile tools, past the brouhaha, within the basic context of contemporary software program engineering. it's a key source for initiatives that are looking to mix the simplest of tested effects and agile techniques.

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It makes the author look reasonable and even-handed, but is not of much help to the practitioner trying to make sense of the advice. A typical example appears in the foundational book on Lean Software by Mary and Tom Poppendieck. After seven chapters calling for radical changes in software practice, each based on a strong principle, a final chapter humorously entitled “Instructions and warranty” suddenly brings in words of caution: Look for the balance point of the lean principles: • Eliminate waste [first Lean principle] does not mean throw away all documentation.

What we do need are criteria for making exceptions. The exceptions and criteria should be specified along with each principle, not in a global cop-out which destroys the very credibility of the principles. Rather than “instructions and warranty”, such a cop-out resembles the far-sweeping disclaimers attached to many consumer products. It is meant to help not the users of the method, only its authors, for whom it provides cover-your-behind protection. You applied my principle X and your project ended in disaster?

He noticed that he had received, as a PDF attachment, the pay slip for his last consulting gig; as an Agile consultant, Mr. S was in high demand. He did not need to check the details since he knew his accountant’s system would automatically receive all the information. He went out and hopped onto the bus, all the way to the client’s office continuing to check his email on his phone, even finding the time to confirm the online reservation for his next flight, while checking the large monitor in the bus to avoid missing his stop.

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