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Agile Impressions

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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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.

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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
  • 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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