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“Agile Software Development is a highly stimulating and rich book. The author has a deep background and gives us a tour de force of the emerging agile methods.” —Tom Gilb The agile model of software development has taken the world by storm. Now, in Agile Software Development, Second Edition, one of agile’s leading pioneers updates his Jolt Productivity award-winning book to reflect all that’s been learned about agile development since its original introduction. Alistair Cockburn begins by updating his powerful model of software development as a “cooperative game of invention and communication.” Among the new ideas he introduces: harnessing competition without damaging collaboration; learning lessons from lean manufacturing; and balancing strategies for communication. Cockburn also explains how the cooperative game is played in business and on engineering projects, not just software development Next, he systematically illuminates the agile model, shows how it has evolved, and answers the questions developers and project managers ask most often, including · Where does agile development fit in our organization? · How do we blend agile ideas with other ideas? · How do we extend agile ideas more broadly? Cockburn takes on crucial misconceptions that cause agile projects to fail. For example, you’ll learn why encoding project management strategies into fixed processes can lead to ineffective strategy decisions and costly mistakes. You’ll also find a thoughtful discussion of the controversial relationship between agile methods and user experience design. Cockburn turns to the practical challenges of constructing agile methodologies for your own teams. You’ll learn how to tune and continuously reinvent your methodologies, and how to manage incomplete communication. This edition contains important new contributions on these and other topics: · Agile and CMMI · Introducing agile from the top down · Revisiting “custom contracts” · Creating change with “stickers” In addition, Cockburn updates his discussion of the Crystal methodologies, which utilize his “cooperative game” as their central metaphor. If you’re new to agile development, this book will help you succeed the first time out. If you’ve used agile methods before, Cockburn’s techniques will make you even more effective.
Walker Royce, Kurt Bittner, Mike Perrow
Build software to interact with customers and help deliver goods and services in new and innovative ways • • Industry observers see this synergy of business concerns and IT projects as the fastest growing topic of interest to both groups • A compact and easily-digestible book that explains the key terms behind software success and failure from a business perspective • Borrows from real-world case studies and helps team leaders and managers understand why software costs what it does. Through the years, software has come less and less of an IT concern, and -- for better or worse -- more closely tied To The fortunes of an entire business organization. Yet still, even in this day and age, educated business people are often at a loss when it comes to making an informed decision about software initiatives. They truly don't Understand The widespread ramifications of their technology decisions. This book will dispel common myths about software costs, and help organizations Understand The challenges so that they may devise projects that will show measurable return on their significant technology investment. Based on years of field experience, The authors explain how software impacts the entire business infrastructure, and how it can be either a barrier to, or facilitator of success. This book outlines the essential principles of software economics so that decision makers throughout the organization can better Understand The challenges and opportunities that software presents them. The book turns the traditional view of software development as an 'engineering' discipline on its head, and offers alternative concepts of economics, iterative process, and valuebased management as the basis for repeatable, predictable success within any business organization.