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Agile Impressions

About the Book

Jerry Weinberg has been called "the grandfather of Agile Programming." Like all grandfathers, he watches his descendants with close interest and tries to help them succeed in life. In this book, Jerry offers us his grandfatherly observations and advice for those readers who want to grow up to be successful Agilists.

Inside, he describes some of the history leading up to Agile and looks at the strenghts and weaknesses of the key Agile principles. He's looking foward to evolving his impressions by using the feedback from active Agile readers.

If you're using Agile, or thinking about using Agile in the future, Agile Impressions will give you much of the background you need to be successful.

About the Author

Gerald M. Weinberg
Gerald M. Weinberg

I've always been interested in helping smart people be happy and productive. To that end, I've published books on human behavior, including Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method, The Psychology of Computer Programming, Perfect Software and Other Fallacies, and an Introduction to General Systems Thinking. I've also written books on leadership including Becoming a Technical Leader, The Secrets of Consulting (Foreword by Virginia Satir), More Secrets of Consulting, and the nine-volume Quality Software series.

I try to incorporate my knowledge of science, engineering, and human behavior into all of my writing and consulting work (with writers, hi-tech researchers, software engineers, and people whose life-situation could require the use of a service dog). I write novels about such people, including The Aremac Project, Aremac Power, Jigglers, First Stringers, Second Stringers, The Hands of God, Freshman Murders, Where There's a Will There's a Murder, Earth's Endless Effort, and Mistress of Molecules—all about how my brilliant protagonists produce quality work and learn to be happy. My books that are not yet on Leanpub may be found as eBooks at <>; on Amazon at; and at Barnes and Noble bookstore:

Early in my career, I was the architect for the Project Mercury's space tracking network and designer of the world's first multiprogrammed operating system. I won the Warnier Prize, the Stevens Award, and the first Software Testing Professionals' Luminary Award, all for my writing on software quality. I was also elected a charter member of the Computing Hall of Fame in San Diego and chosen for the University of Nebraska Hall of Fame.

But the "award" I'm most proud of is the book, The Gift of Time (Fiona Charles, ed.) written by my student and readers for my 75th birthday. Their stories make me feel that I've been at least partially successful at helping smart people be happy.

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Table of Contents

  • Iterative Development: Some History
  • Was There Process Before Agile?
    • Is Agile An Example of Incremental Development?
    • Where Do You Place Agile?
    • What Happens When the Customer Won’t Participate?
  • Agile and the Definition of Quality
    • A Bug in the Family
    • The Relativity of Quality
    • Quality Is Value To Some Person
    • The Impact on Agile Practices
  • Five Questions on Agile
    • Q1: Why use Agile methods?
    • Q2: Biggest challenge of implementing Agile methods?
    • Q3: In what environment will Agile be most successful?
    • Q4: What is the future of Agile?
    • Q5: Can you recommend a book, blog, podcast, website, or other information source to our readers that you find interesting or intriguing right now?
  • Manifesto for Agile Software Development
    • The Text of the Manifesto
    • Signers of the Manifesto
    • Principles Behind the Agile Manifesto
  • Satisfying Customers
    • The Placating Paradox
    • How Can We Know We’re Placating?
    • How to Stop Placating
    • Everything Has a Cost
    • Satisfy with Software
  • Welcoming Changing Requirements
    • The Assumption of Fixed Requirements
  • Deliver Working Software Frequently
    • The Prototype Pitfall
  • Working Together
    • Is It Really Agile?
  • Motivated and Trusted individuals
    • Why Should You Trust Me?
    • What Does “Trust” Mean Anyway?
    • Why Do Technical Reviews?
  • Face-to-Face Conversation
    • Maintenance Problems
    • Disposable Programs
    • Ordinary Maintenance Precautions
    • Extraordinary Maintenance Precautions
    • Agile Documentation
    • A Tale of Effective Documentation
    • A Moral
    • Documentation, Not Documents
    • Improve Quality of Workers
    • It Is Agile to Study Yourself
    • The University of Life
  • Working Software is Primary
  • Sustainable Development
    • Resting on Agile Laurels
  • Technical Excellence
    • Becoming an Agile Team Leader
    • Lessons from Chief Programmer Teams
    • Audition Interviews
    • Congruent Interviewing by Audition
  • Simplicity
    • Simple is not Easy.
  • Self-organizing Teams
    • What Is a Self-Organizing Team?
    • Managers?
    • Problem Solving Leadership Workshop
    • The Myth of the Appointed Leader
  • Reflect and Adjust
    • Why Regular Intervals?
    • Adjusting Behavior
  • An Overriding Principle
    • Is Waterfall the Opposite of Agile?
  • Why Agile Projects Sometimes Fail
    • Common Mistakes in Building New Things
    • The Underlying Failure
    • How Teaming Skill Prevents Failure
    • A Balance of Styles
  • Why People Don’t Instantly Buy Into Agile
    • Another Story About Quality
    • What’s Happening to Quality?
    • Why Is Improving Quality So Difficult?
  • Beyond Agile Programming
    • The Restructured Essay
    • First Conclusion
    • Second Conclusion:
    • Third Conclusion:
    • Fourth Conclusion:
    • The Final Conclusion
    • Where To Read the Original

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