By Bertrand Meyer
Are you attracted by means of the guarantees of agile equipment yet get rid of through the fanaticism of many agile texts? do you want to understand which agile concepts paintings, which of them don't topic a lot, and which of them will damage your initiatives? then you definitely want Agile!: the 1st exhaustive, target evaluate of agile rules, innovations and tools.
Agile equipment are the most vital advancements in software program over the last many years, but in addition a shocking mixture of the simplest and the worst. earlier each undertaking and developer needed to tackle the great principles from the undesirable by way of themselves. This e-book spares you the ache. It bargains either an intensive descriptive presentation of agile concepts 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 serious research explains what you need to preserve and discard from agile rules. it truly is according to Meyer’s thorough figuring out of software program engineering, and his wide own event of programming and undertaking administration. He highlights the restrictions of agile tools 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 outline, serving as a focus of the full publication a dissection of the highbrow units utilized by agile authors and a assessment of classical software program engineering options, resembling standards research and lifecycle types, 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 overview of agile ideas.
This is the 1st ebook to debate agile equipment, past the brouhaha, within the common context of contemporary software program engineering. it's a key source for initiatives that are looking to mix the simplest of verified effects and agile ideas.
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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”. We may call it the Columbus syndrome: people thought Christopher Columbus’s project absurd, and he was onto something big; you think that my idea is rubbish, so I must be onto something big. Or as Calvin put it in his decisive argument (Einstein again): CALVIN AND HOBBES © 1988 Watterson. Reprinted with permission of UNIVERSAL UCLICK.
It is notoriously hard to perform convincing large-scale studies of the effect of software development techniques. Obstacles abound: [Sutherland 2013]. → “Produce only the product requested”, page 58. 2 THE TOP SEVEN RHETORICAL TRAPS 29 • To work under realistic conditions you should take actual projects and collect precise measurements, but not all companies are willing to put in the effort, and even fewer to reveal the results. • Sometimes two methods are applied in succession because the first project failed.
It does not help much to state blandly that both viewpoints may have a value depending on the circumstances. The discussion of this issue will present a concrete policy, “Dual Devel- → “Dual Development”, page 74. opment”, combining them in a precisely specified way. 7 Unverifiable claims A document by one of the creators of Scrum is entitled “The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time”. If my arithmetic is correct, this means a productivity improvement by a factor of four. Wow. Who would not sign up?