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Agile Impressions

Jerry Weinberg has been observing software development for more than 50 years. Lately, he's been observing the Agile movement, and he's offering an evolving set of impressions of where it came from, where it is now, and where it's going.

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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.

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Table of Contents

  • Iterative Development: Some History
  • Was There Process Before Agile?
    • Is Agile An Example of Incremental Development?
  • Agile and the Definition of Quality
  • Five Questions on Agile
  • Manifesto for Agile Software Development
    • The Text of the Manifesto
    • Signers of the Manifesto
    • Principles Behind the Agile Manifesto
  • Satisfying Customers
  • 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
  • Face-to-Face Conversation
    • Maintenance Problems
    • Disposable Programs
    • Ordinary Maintenance Precautions
    • Extraordinary Maintenance Precautions
  • Working Software is Primary
  • Sustainable Development
  • Technical Excellence
  • Lessons from Chief Programmer Teams
    • Whatever Happened to the Chief Programmer Team?
    • Starting a Successful Team
    • Maintaining a System of Teams
    • Lessons for Agile Teams
  • Audition Interviews
    • Congruent Interviewing by Audition
    • Indirect Effects of the Audition
    • Potential Difficulties
  • Simplicity
  • Self-organizing Teams
    • What Is a Self-Organizing Team?
    • Managers?
    • Problem Solving Leadership Workshop
    • The Myth of the Appointed Leader
    • The Moral
  • Reflect and Adjust
  • An Overriding Principle
  • 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

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