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

By Bertrand Meyer

Are you attracted via the guarantees of agile equipment yet eliminate through the fanaticism of many agile texts? do you want to understand which agile options paintings, which of them don't topic a lot, and which of them will damage your tasks? you then desire Agile!: the 1st exhaustive, aim assessment of agile rules, innovations and tools.
Agile equipment are essentially the most very important advancements in software program over the last a long time, but additionally a stunning mixture of the easiest and the worst. earlier each venture and developer needed to deal with the great principles from the undesirable by way of themselves. This ebook spares you the ache. It bargains either an intensive descriptive presentation of agile suggestions 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 tools: severe Programming, Lean software program, Scrum and Crystal.
The accompanying severe research explains what you have to continue and discard from agile rules. it really is in response to Meyer’s thorough realizing of software program engineering, and his vast own event of programming and venture administration. He highlights the constraints of agile equipment in addition to their really very good contributions — even these to which their very own authors don't do complete justice.
Three vital chapters precede the middle dialogue of agile principles: an summary, serving as a focus of the complete publication a dissection of the highbrow units utilized by agile authors and a overview of classical software program engineering thoughts, comparable to necessities research and lifecycle versions, which agile tools 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 ebook to debate agile equipment, past the brouhaha, within the common context of recent software program engineering. it's a key source for initiatives that are looking to mix the easiest of validated effects and agile thoughts.

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Agile squeezes out mediocrity and requires high-performance. Hierarchical bureaucracy breeds incompetence and feeds off mediocrity: the organization performs accordingly. Faced with the choice between high-performance and the mediocrity, traditional management opts for mediocrity. Wow! Just one insult at a time, please. Bureaucrats; mediocre; incompetent. Thanks. Einstein’s witticism can serve to justify anything. The particular intellectual device invoked here is a variant of the logical fallacy of deducing “B implies A” from “A implies B”.

Anecdotes are good for books, and for teaching in general. They can also backfire: if the anecdote serves as the basis for a general statement, a reader whose own anecdotal ← “Lean Softexperience does not match the author’s will reject the generalization. 3, page 135. who in hindsight looks like a less than fortunate choice: Lance Armstrong. 2 THE TOP SEVEN RHETORICAL TRAPS Another example from the same author is her heartrending story of a bus driver at Disneyland who spotted a little girl crying and managed to have a Mickey Mouse actor greet her; the anecdote is supposed to illustrate the importance of quality.

6 The agile advice here is irresponsible and serious software projects should ignore it. The sound practice is to start collecting requirements at the beginning, produce a provisional version prior to engaging in design, and treat the requirements as a living product that undergoes constant adaptation throughout the project. 3 Not new but good There is a charmingly adolescent quality to the agile literature: I am sooooo unique! Nobody before me understood what life is about! My folks are sooooo, like, 20-th century!

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