Agile Reader
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Agile Reader

Third Edition

About the Book

So much has been written about Agile that is sometimes seems there is little new to say.  The essays in this mini-book attempt to get under the skin of Agile and look at how it works in real life, they attempt to help those new to Agile make it work.

This mini-book is intended to supplement courses offered by Software Strategy Ltd, hence the title "Agile Reader."  The essays have been selected to support the course material and provide additional information.

About the Author

Allan Kelly
Allan Kelly

During his career Allan Kelly has held just about every job in the software world, from system admin to development manager by way of programmer and product manager. Today he works helping teams adopt and deepen Agile practices, advising companies of development generally and writing far too much. He specialises in working with software product companies and aligning products and processes with company strategy.

Allan holds two degrees, a BSc in Computing and an MBA in Management. He is the author of three books: "Xanpan: Team Centric Agile Software Development", "Business Patterns for Software Developers" and "Changing Software Development: Learning to be Agile". In addition he is the originator of Retrospective Dialogue Sheets (, a regular conference speaker and frequent contributor to journals.

More about Allan at and on Twitter as @allankellynet (

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About the Contributors

Kevlin Henney
Kevlin Henney
Kevlin is an independent consultant, speaker, writer and trainer. His development interests are in patterns, programming, practice and process. He has been a columnist for various magazines and web sites and is co-author of A Pattern Language for Distributed Computing and On Patterns and Pattern Languages, two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series. He is also editor of the 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know book and site.

Table of Contents

  • About the Author
  • About Software Strategy
  • Preface to third edition
  • I Blue-White-Red, an example Agile process
  • II Building the Agile company - beyond the iteration
  • III Agile Demystified
  • IV The Agile Spectrum
  • V Driven to Tests
  • VI What is the Story? - User Stories!
  • VII Backlogs and unplanned
  • VIII Stakeholders, Roles and Personas
  • IX Objectives to code - via requirements, specifications and benefits
  • X Organising for Requirements and Development
  • XI Three plans for Agile
  • XII Three Ways to Run a stand-up meeting
  • XIII Agile Contract Options
  • XIV Dialogue Sheets for Retrospectives & more
  • XV Tracking, forecasting and learning with charts
  • Appendix: Dear Customer
  • Version History (3rd Edition)
  • If you liked this….
  • Physical and additional copies

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