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Agile Exposed: Blowing the Whistle on Agile Hype: An Overview of Agile, Where it Came from and the Principles That Make it Work [Paperback]

Barry Evans
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1 Jan 2012 1907215174 978-1907215179
Agile is becoming a dirty word because of the way it is being marketed, implemented, over-simplified and misrepresented. Step by step guides and quick fix recipes are of limited use. It is better to free yourself and your projects by learning how to connect the underlying principles to what you want to achieve. Knowing what projects need and why Agile works will help you understand where and how to apply these principles and what to expect. This book explains why Agile was introduced and how the underlying principles and ideas are still relevant. It reviews Agile methods and advises how to take a pragmatic approach to them as a programmer, a project manager and a business stakeholder. If you want to know what Agile really is and how to understand its capabilities - from someone who has implemented and used Agile successfully as a programmer, manager and coach in both small and very large companies - then read this book.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Code Green Publishing (1 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907215174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907215179
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barry Evans grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Nowadays he splits his time between the UK and France. Writing, art and the printed word seem to be in his blood. He can trace his family tree back to Theodore de Banville, the poet, writer and friend of Victor Hugo. His mother is artist and writer Vonnie Banville Evans and his father, Jim Evans, was an artisan printer. His brother John has published two novels so far and his brother Jamie is a composer. His uncles Vincent and John Banville are both award winning authors. Barry has had over 20 years experience in the information technology industry as a software engineer, a manager and a technical coach. He is an NLP trainer with INLPTA, a member of the British Computer Society, a chartered Engineer and a chartered IT Professional. His writing spans fiction, philosophy, poetry, photography and technical material. He has a website at www.trousersofReality.com and a blog at www.oakdust.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Barry's extensive experience and knowledge of the Agile software development process really shows in this book. He covers off the reasons why Agile (XP) was created in the first place, why it should be used, and most importantly, how it's been derailed and bastardized by all the agile hangers-on.

The book covers a lot of the history if agile, mostly focusing on eXtreme Programming, being that's where it all started, and to a lesser extent, why things like Pair Programming, Test First Development (and Test Driven - not the same), Continuous Integration and Customer Collaboration are not just desirable things in software, but a requirement if you are "doing agile".

Later in the book, he looks at a lot of different "styles" and rates them with out useful, or not, they are. Included in this (in my experience, correct) critique are User Stores, Lean, Scrim, XP, PRINCE2, DSDM and Kanban.

I think he's correct on all of them, and he's not at all pulling punches. Possibly, the "review" of XP is a little flourishing, but it is still honest - it just shows his knowledge and passion on the topic.

The book rounds out with observations on the whole software development practice, from an agile perspective.

All up, I enjoyed this book. It was a fairly easy read, tho a little slow to get started (esp the first chapter). But once into it, it's excellent advice for anyone running or participating in an Agile team, or anyone thinking about "doing agile" and wondering what it is, and more importantly, what Agile is NOT.

(side note: I think most people will find what they are doing is NOT agile, and not even "Agile". It's just "random". Possibly still better than waterfall, tho!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I'd read this earlier 13 Mar 2013
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If your team uses a methodology like scrum or lean, or if you're considering moving to an agile methodology, you should buy this book. If you're feeling generous then buy a copy for every member of your team--the price is low enough to warrant it.

It's an easy read and could be read cover-to-cover in one sitting. As I see it, the author's intention is for you to become "enlightened" with an understanding that being agile is not about management process but about programming practices such as test-first development, pair programming and refactoring.

The book sets out with a history of agile ideas and then picks apart the various facets of those ideas, discussing why each makes sense. For example, the author offers an excellent theory of "scope" and how it is traditionally thought of versus how an agile practitioner might think of it. This advice in particular was an "aha!" moment for me; it succinctly described a team issue I'd previously encountered but could never manage to resolve.

At the end of the book is a dissection of various methodologies and techniques such as user stories, scrum, kanban and XP. The scathing review of scrum will resonate with anyone ever involved on a team that's been "agilized" by a consultant drafted in to improve the team's under-performance. The point is that scrum can be imposed but the team is still left decidedly un-agile.

The author helpfully mentions numerous websites and books that you can explore as you progress on your journey towards enlightenment; that's important because this book tells you the why, but not the how. It won't give you strategies for pair programming, for example. But it will start you in the right direction--or correct your direction if you've started off on the wrong path.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of Agile 10 Oct 2013
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The book does cover the basics, but I felt I needed a little more and I not sure it really blows the whistle on all the hype.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 26 July 2013
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Extremely well written - a good read - and great to see someone swimming against the tide of hype surrounding agile. But it's NOT a rant .. opinions are expressed on the good and bad parts of agile etc. all complete WITH reasoned arguments.
If you're doing agile or considering it then this is a MUST !
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