By Bertrand Meyer

Are you attracted through the guarantees of agile equipment yet dispose of by way of the fanaticism of many agile texts? do you want to grasp which agile ideas paintings, which of them don't topic a lot, and which of them will damage your tasks? then you definately want Agile!: the 1st exhaustive, goal overview of agile ideas, suggestions and tools.

Agile tools are probably the most very important advancements in software program over the last a long time, but in addition a stunning mixture of the simplest and the worst. in the past each undertaking and developer needed to deal with the great principles from the undesirable through themselves. This ebook spares you the ache. It bargains either a radical descriptive presentation of agile ideas and a perceptive research in their merits and limitations.

Agile! serves first as a primer on agile improvement: one bankruptcy each one introduces agile ideas, 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'll want to maintain and discard from agile principles. it really is in response to Meyer’s thorough knowing of software program engineering, and his huge own adventure of programming and undertaking administration. He highlights the constraints of agile equipment in addition to their actually excellent contributions — even these to which their very own authors don't do complete justice.

Three very important chapters precede the center dialogue of agile rules: an outline, serving as a focus of the complete booklet; a dissection of the highbrow units utilized by agile authors; and a evaluate of classical software program engineering suggestions, corresponding to specifications research and lifecycle types, 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 review of agile ideas.

This is the 1st e-book to debate agile tools, past the brouhaha, within the common context of recent software program engineering. it's a key source for tasks that are looking to mix the easiest of validated effects and agile options.

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6 Cover-your-behind: advocating radical prescriptions; then as a footnote stating that they may not after all be always applicable; but never saying precisely when they should be used and when not. 7 Unverifiable claims. The Scrum literature in particular routinely touts enormous productivity improvements. Who would not want to multiply project effectiveness by an order of magnitude? In the absence of rigorous independent verification, you should take such assertions (depending on your benevolence on that particular day) as either a sign of charming youthful enthusiasm or irrelevant hype to be discarded.

2 When writing beats speaking In the case of software projects, which after all are the focus, there are many reasons for writing down at least part of the requirements: • The spoken word is notoriously ambiguous, much more than written requirements. If we bemoan that requirements “look more precise than they are”, the conclusion should be that we need more precise forms of requirements; that would mean formal (mathematical) specifications, probably not what the author is suggesting. ”, meaning that the person being asked to provide a mechanism cannot make a final pronouncement before having seen the request on paper.

On his return, the developer found out what was happening and remarked that “everyone knew” the assumption of acyclicity. Perhaps, but “everyone” else had forgotten; good thing for the project that at least one person remembered! Even without the benefit of writing in the code an explicit precondition (require structure is_acyclic), as you can do in some programming languages, it would have been better, and probably would have avoided the bug and the waste of time, simply to write down this requirement somewhere.

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