By Bertrand Meyer
Are you attracted via the guarantees of agile equipment yet do away with through the fanaticism of many agile texts? do you want to grasp which agile suggestions paintings, which of them don't topic a lot, and which of them will damage your tasks? then you definately desire Agile!: the 1st exhaustive, aim evaluate of agile rules, recommendations and tools.
Agile equipment are essentially the most vital advancements in software program over the last many years, but additionally a stunning mixture of the easiest and the worst. earlier each undertaking and developer needed to tackle the great principles from the undesirable via themselves. This booklet spares you the soreness. It bargains either a radical descriptive presentation of agile innovations and a perceptive research in their merits and limitations.
Agile! serves first as a primer on agile improvement: one bankruptcy each 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 severe research explains what you want to maintain and discard from agile rules. it really is in keeping with Meyer’s thorough realizing of software program engineering, and his huge own event of programming and undertaking administration. He highlights the restrictions of agile equipment in addition to their really significant contributions — even these to which their very own authors don't do complete justice.
Three very important chapters precede the middle dialogue of agile principles: an summary, serving as a focus of the complete ebook a dissection of the highbrow units utilized by agile authors and a evaluate of classical software program engineering concepts, similar to necessities 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 overview of agile ideas.
This is the 1st e-book to debate agile tools, past the brouhaha, within the common context of contemporary software program engineering. it's a key source for tasks that are looking to mix the easiest of verified effects and agile strategies.
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Defining what the problem really is, and what kind of solution will satisfy the stakeholders — a task known as requirements analysis — is one of the most important aspects of successful software development: building an otherwise perfect system that does not meet stakeholder needs is not very useful. Study after study has shown that requirements mistakes are among the worst to plague software projects. Much of software engineering is about building systems right; requirements are about building the right system.
Before you go tell your management that by switching to an agile method you will gain a four-fold productivity improvement, or more, think carefully. They might just believe you. [IBM 2012]; see also [Ambler 2012]. POSTSCRIPT: YOU HAVE BEEN ILL-SERVED BY THE SOFTWARE INDUSTRY! 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.
In other words it provides an excellent refutation of its own message, since the absurdity that might remain unnoticed verbally becomes obvious in writing. • The senselessness of the intended lesson should not hide the gems of wisdom that the anecdote contains, even if they are not what the author emphasizes. Let us start with the attempted argument. Its first problem is that it follows a form of logic that appears worryingly often in the software literature (particularly but not exclusively in agile books): proof by anecdote.