The Art of Agile Development containspractical, down-to-earth guidance for anyone involved in or considering theagile method -- and Extreme Programming in particular -- to build reliablesoftware. Agile development methods have become increasingly popular becausetoo many software projects have failed to meet expected release dates, deliverthe required features, or to match projected costs.
This book provides no-nonsense advice on agile planning, development, delivery,and management taken from the authors' many years of experience. While plentyof books address the what and why of agile development, very few offerdevelopers, managers, stakeholders and users the information they can applydirectly. The Art of Agile Development providesa gestalt view of the agile development process that serves as a comprehensiveintroduction for non-technical readers, along with hands-on technical practicesfor programmers and developers. The book also tackles the people aspect ofExtreme Programming. Other books focus solely on the process; this book dealswith the need for face-to-face interaction, which is the most difficult aspectof working in an agile development.
You'll find clear answers to questions such as:
- How can we adopt agile development?
- Do we really need to pair program?
- What metrics should we report?
- What if I can't get my customer to participate?
- How much documentation should we write?
- When do we design and architect?
- As a non-developer, how should I work with my agile team?
- Where is my product roadmap?
- How does QA fit in?
Thebook teaches you how to adopt XP practices, describes each practice in detail,then discusses principles that will allow you to modify XP and create your ownagile method. In particular, this book tackles the difficult aspects of agiledevelopment: the need for cooperation and trust among team members.
Whether you're currently part of an agile team, working with an agile team, orinterested in agile development, this book provides the practical tips you needto start practicing agile development. As your experience grows, the book willgrow with you, providing exercises and information that will teach you first tounderstand the rules of agile development, break them, and ultimately abandonrules altogether as you master the art of agile development.