Principles and Practices of Software Craftsmanship
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Principles and Practices of Software Craftsmanship

About the Book

Are you tired of…
  • Making unnecessary compromises between speed of delivery and quality?
  • Being driven down to the lowest common denominator?
  • Being forced to use the wrong tools for the job time and again?
  • Seeing projects fail for entirely avoidable reasons?
  • Having to justify doing things the right way?
  • Defending the value of taking time to reduce technical debt?
  • Seeing your team deliver code you’re embarrassed by, and feeling like you are the only one that cares?
Do you want to…
  • Find out about no-compromise software development, where fast and good aren’t at odds anymore?
  • Learn how to make the value of quality software clear in direct business terms?
  • Discover how to deliver estimates and advice that your clients will trust and value?
  • See how to keep your cool, maintain your independence, and take responsibility for your projects?
  • Take charge of your career and bring the passion and drive back into development for your whole team!
  • Get the perspective of thirty years in the industry now?

“Improve a mechanical device and you may double productivity, but improve man and you gain a thousandfold.” – Khan Noonien Singh

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
    • Introduction
    • The Way
    • Evolution
    • The Journey
    • The Map
  • What is Craftsmanship?
    • Is there even such a thing as software craftsmanship?
    • Is Software Craftsmanship a Good Thing?
    • Qualifications
    • People, Not Software
    • No Compromises
    • What Software Craftsmanship is not
    • Why Software Craftsmanship?
    • Manifesto for Software Craftsmanship
    • The Agile Manifesto
    • Who are Software Craftsmen?
    • The Habitat of the Software Craftsman
    • Principles
  • Principle: Responsibility
    • Where the Buck Stops
    • Holistic Responsibility
    • Never Blocked
    • When Things go Wrong
    • It’s Never SEP
    • Steer your own Course
  • Principle: Quality
    • Practice: Measuring
    • Practice: Testing
  • Principle: Pragmatism
    • Solving the Right Problem
    • Practice: Automation
    • Practice: Shipping
  • Principle: Transparency
    • Practice: Communicating
  • Principle: Passion
    • The Drive
    • Having Fun
    • Apprenticeships
    • The Hard Part
  • Principle: Simplicity
    • Practice: Modularity
  • Principle: Independence
    • Don’t be indispensable
    • Avoid lock-in
    • Re-inventing yourself
    • Don’t get Blocked
    • Oil and Water
  • Principle: Timeliness
    • Estimates
    • Practice: Anticipating
  • Principle: Efficiency
    • Practice: Continuous Integration
  • Principle: Business-Focus
    • Practice: Domain-Driven Design
    • Market Awareness
  • Principle: Collaboration
    • Practice: Community Building
    • Practice: Team-Building
    • Practice: Demonstrating
  • Principle: Flexibility
    • Practice: Agility
  • Principle: Open-Mindedness
    • Empty the Cup
    • A Different Level of Thinking
    • Multilingual
    • It’s not all Nails
    • The Other Guys Shoes
    • Not Locking In too Early
  • Principle: Sustainability
    • Technical Debt Accumulation
    • Team Pace
    • Burnout
  • Principle: Constant Improvement
    • Practice: Learning
    • Practice: Practicing
    • Practice: Reading
    • Practice: Writing
    • Practice: Researching
  • Principle: Courage
    • Tales from the Bilge
  • Principle: Discipline
    • You’ve got to want it
    • Practice: Managing Technical Debt
    • Practice: Managing Dependencies
  • Principle: Curiosity
  • Principle: Elegance
    • Concurrency
    • Many kinds of Concurrency
  • Principle: Breadth
  • Principle: Depth
    • Practice: Developing
  • Principle: Freedom
  • Principle: Humility
  • Principle: Balance
    • Serenity
    • Stability
  • Principle: Confidence
  • Principle: Respect
  • Principle: Decisiveness
  • Principle: Professionalism
  • Practice: Thinking
    • Before Design
    • Before Code
  • Principle: Patience
  • Principle: Historical Perspective
  • Principle: Leadership
  • Practice: Mentoring
  • Practice: Teaching
  • Practice: Salesmanship
  • Hiring and Keeping Craftsmen
  • Conclusion

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