Book Notes: Agile Software Development - Alan S. Koch


Agile Software Development reviews the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Agile Principles, and discusses in detail each practice of the six most widely recognized Agile methods.

Summary

Title: Agile Software Development: Evaluating the Methods for Your Organization
Author: Alan S. Koch
Themes: Agile, Career, Cases, Technology, Management, Business
Year: 2005
Publisher: Artech House
ISBN: 1580538428, 9781580538428
Pages: 272

Agile methods have taken software development by storm - but a growing controversy over their true effectiveness now pits proponents against detractors in a heated battle of claims. 

Here at last is a completely impartial guide that gives project managers both expert objective analysis of Agile software development methods and much-needed tools for evaluating the suitability of Agile methods for their organization. 

The book reviews the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Agile Principles, and discusses in detail each practice of the six most widely recognized Agile methods. 


Software developers get clear and unbiased insight into adoption implications, the benefits that may accrue, and the potential pitfalls they face. 

At its core, this unique assessment resource helps developers systematically address key Agile adoption issues involving organizational culture, customers, staff, tools and processes, and project considerations. Practical ready-to-use tools, including equations and templates in Excel format, are provided in a handy workbook which can be accessed through the author's website.

It reviews the philosophical underpinnings and objectives of the Agile Manifesto and the 12 Agile principles, and discusses in concrete detail each practice of the six most widely recognized Agile methods. 

Chapters of the Book:

Part I: Adoption considerations
   1. Introducing the Agile methods
   2. Considering your organizational culture
   3. Considering your customers
   4. Considering your projects
   5. Considering your tools and processes
   6. Considering your staff
   7. Using this book to make your adoption decisions

Part II: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
   8. About people, processes, and tools
   9. Motivated individuals and self-organizing teams
   10. Face-to-face communication
   11. Sustainable pace
   12. The unstated principle: appropriate processes and tools

Part III: Working software over comprehensive documentation
   13. The role of documentation in a software project
   14. Incremental delivery of working software

Part IV: Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
   15. Defining the customer relationship
   16. Daily collaboration of all stakeholders

Part V: Responding to change over following a plan
   17. Understanding change in software projects
   18. Welcome to changing requirements

Part VI: The unstated value: keeping the process Agile
   19. Maintaining the process
   20. Technical excellence
   21. Simplicity
   22. Retrospectives

Part VII: The adoption decision
   23. Making the adoption decision
   24. Adopting new practices
   25. Evaluating the effects of your Agile method


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