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Some usefull thoughts, but not a solution for all
on 20 December 2001
Beck gives some very interesting arguments, and I would recommened this book to developers and managers just to hear him out and read about some interesting ideas.
Ultimately I feel XP is a great idea but just not workable in the real world. Beck himself acknowledges that a lot of projects just won't be able to use XP (e.g. fixed price, more than 10 staff on the team, projects using legacy systems and many more). I don't know about the other readers, but I have worked on many projects and none of them fit Beck's profile for an XP project.
If you find youself in the fortunate position of working on a green field project with a small and experienced team and an 'educated' customer this may work. I'd recommend Fowler's Refactoring if you want to deal with changing requirements, and any book by Steve McConnell for good advice on working on development projects. Beck is well worth reading, he knows his stuff, but I can't say this book is a 'must have'.
The bibliography is fascinating though, it certainly makes a change from the usual collection of learned by rather dry engineering texts!