By Bertrand Meyer
Are you attracted by means of the guarantees of agile equipment yet cast off by way of the fanaticism of many agile texts? do you want to grasp which agile concepts 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, goal evaluate of agile rules, suggestions and tools.
Agile equipment are probably the most very important advancements in software program over the last many years, but additionally a stunning mixture of the easiest and the worst. in the past each venture and developer needed to deal with the great principles from the undesirable via themselves. This booklet spares you the soreness. It deals either a radical descriptive presentation of agile recommendations and a perceptive research in their advantages 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 equipment: severe Programming, Lean software program, Scrum and Crystal.
The accompanying severe research explains what you'll want to keep and discard from agile rules. it truly is in line with Meyer’s thorough figuring out of software program engineering, and his large own adventure of programming and venture administration. He highlights the constraints of agile tools in addition to their actually very good contributions — even these to which their very own authors don't do complete justice.
Three very important chapters precede the center dialogue of agile principles: an summary, serving as a focus of the total e-book; a dissection of the highbrow units utilized by agile authors; and a overview of classical software program engineering thoughts, resembling requisites research and lifecycle versions, which agile equipment criticize.
The ultimate chapters describe the precautions corporation should still take in the course of a transition to agile improvement and current an total review of agile ideas.
This is the 1st ebook to debate agile equipment, 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 options.
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Html. 6 A FIRST ASSESSMENT 13 When using software systems, for example web applications, have you ever felt like Tintin the day he was being marched in a straightjacket? As soon as you dare to depart from the exact scenario that the designers, in their supreme wisdom, have planned for you, nothing works any more. This kind of system is the direct result of requirements based on the sole analysis of use cases or user stories. Good requirements shoot for more abstract specifications, subsuming many different scenarios and supporting the development of flexible, extendible applications.
To get my “well-deserved prize”. Why are the experts more wrong in the agile case than in that one? No clue. The invocation of expert rejection is another rhetorical device. Many defenders of a cause feel more comfortable if they can identify an enemy; or, if none is available, make one up. It particularly helps to argue that the Establishment is against your ideas. In this case, however, the enemy is rather gracious. The software engineering world has been receptive to agile ideas, giving them ample resonance in the community’s most prestigious forums, including its top conferences (OOPSLA, ICSE, ESEC…).
Nobody before me understood what life is about! My folks are sooooo, like, 20-th century! ” — a number of the productive ideas of agile methods have long been advocated in the standard software engineering literature. We will see examples through the rest of the book; here are two. The first is iterative development. The industry understood in the nineteen-eighties that the old model of diverging for months and then trying to bring all the pieces back together was a recipe for disaster. A 1995 book by Cusumano and Selby — New York Times best-seller, no less — publicized Microsoft’s “daily build”, a practice which as the name indicates requires the project to produce a working version every day.
Agile!: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly by Bertrand Meyer