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Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (2nd Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Kent Beck , Cynthia Andres
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Accountability. Transparency. Responsibility. These are not words that are often applied to software development.

In this completely revised introduction to Extreme Programming (XP), Kent Beck describes how to improve your software development by integrating these highly desirable concepts into your daily development process.

The first edition of Extreme Programming Explained is a classic. It won awards for its then-radical ideas for improving small-team development, such as having developers write automated tests for their own code and having the whole team plan weekly. Much has changed in five years. This completely rewritten second edition expands the scope of XP to teams of any size by suggesting a program of continuous improvement based on:

  • Five core values consistent with excellence in software development
  • Eleven principles for putting those values into action
  • Thirteen primary and eleven corollary practices to help you push development past its current business and technical limitations

Whether you have a small team that is already closely aligned with your customers or a large team in a gigantic or multinational organization, you will find in these pages a wealth of ideas to challenge, inspire, and encourage you and your team members to substantially improve your software development.

You will discover how to:

  • Involve the whole team–XP style
  • Increase technical collaboration through pair programming and continuous integration
  • Reduce defects through developer testing
  • Align business and technical decisions through weekly and quarterly planning
  • Improve teamwork by setting up an informative, shared workspace

You will also find many other concrete ideas for improvement, all based on a philosophy that emphasizes simultaneously increasing the humanity and effectiveness of software development.

Every team can improve. Every team can begin improving today. Improvement is possible–beyond what we can currently imagine. Extreme Programming Explained, Second Edition, offers ideas to fuel your improvement for years to come.



From the Back Cover

“In this second edition of Extreme Programming Explained, Kent Beck organizes and presents five years’ worth of experiences, growth, and change revolving around XP. If you are seriously interested in understanding how you and your team can start down the path of improvement with XP, you must read this book.”

Francesco Cirillo, Chief Executive Officer, XPLabs S.R.L. “The first edition of this book told us what XP was—it changed the way many of us think about software development. This second edition takes it farther and gives us a lot more of the ‘why’ of XP, the motivations and the principles behind the practices. This is great stuff. Armed with the ‘what’ and the ‘why,’ we can now all set out to confidently work on the ‘how’: how to run our projects better, and how to get agile techniques adopted in our organizations.”

Dave Thomas, The Pragmatic Programmers LLC “This book is dynamite! It was revolutionary when it first appeared a few years ago, and this new edition is equally profound. For those who insist on cookbook checklists, there’s an excellent chapter on ‘primary practices,’ but I urge you to begin by truly contemplating the meaning of the opening sentence in the first chapter of Kent Beck’s book: ‘XP is about social change.’ You should do whatever it takes to ensure that every IT professional and every IT manager—all the way up to the CIO—has a copy of Extreme Programming Explained on his or her desk.”

Ed Yourdon, author and consultant “XP is a powerful set of concepts for simplifying the process of software design, development, and testing. It is about minimalism and incrementalism, which are especially useful principles when tackling complex problems that require a balance of creativity and discipline.”

Michael A. Cusumano, Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management, and author of The Business of SoftwareExtreme Programming Explained is the work of a talented and passionate craftsman. Kent Beck has brought together a compelling collection of ideas about programming and management that deserves your full attention. My only beef is that our profession has gotten to a point where such common-sense ideas are labeled ‘extreme.’...”

Lou Mazzucchelli, Fellow, Cutter Business Technology Council“If your organization is ready for a change in the way it develops software, there’s the slow incremental approach, fixing things one by one, or the fast track, jumping feet first into Extreme Programming. Do not be frightened by the name, it is not that extreme at all. It is mostly good old recipes and common sense, nicely integrated together, getting rid of all the fat that has accumulated over the years.”

Philippe Kruchten, UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia“Sometimes revolutionaries get left behind as the movement they started takes on a life of its own. In this book, Kent Beck shows that he remains ahead of the curve, leading XP to its next level. Incorporating five years of feedback, this book takes a fresh look at what it takes to develop better software in less time and for less money. There are no silver bullets here, just a set of practical principles that, when used wisely, can lead to dramatic improvements in software development productivity.”

Mary Poppendieck, author of Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit “Kent Beck has revised his classic book based on five more years of applying and teaching XP. He shows how the path to XP is both easy and hard: It can be started with fewer practices, and yet it challenges teams to go farther than ever.”

William Wake, independent consultant “With new insights, wisdom from experience, and clearer explanations of the art of Extreme Programming, this edition of Beck’s classic will help many realize the dream of outstanding software development.”

Joshua Kerievsky, author of Refactoring to Patterns and Founder, Industrial Logic, Inc.“XP has changed the way our industry thinks about software development. Its brilliant simplicity, focused execution, and insistence on fact-based planning over speculation have set a new standard for software delivery.”

David Trowbridge, Architect, Microsoft Corporation

Accountability. Transparency. Responsibility. These are not words that are often applied to software development.

In this completely revised introduction to Extreme Programming (XP), Kent Beck describes how to improve your software development by integrating these highly desirable concepts into your daily development process.

The first edition of Extreme Programming Explained is a classic. It won awards for its then-radical ideas for improving small-team development, such as having developers write automated tests for their own code and having the whole team plan weekly. Much has changed in five years. This completely rewritten second edition expands the scope of XP to teams of any size by suggesting a program of continuous improvement based on:

  • Five core values consistent with excellence in software development
  • Eleven principles for putting those values into action
  • Thirteen primary and eleven corollary practices to help you push development past its current business and technical limitations

Whether you have a small team that is already closely aligned with your customers or a large team in a gigantic or multinational organization, you will find in these pages a wealth of ideas to challenge, inspire, and encourage you and your team members to substantially improve your software development.

You will discover how to:

  • Involve the whole team—XP style
  • Increase technical collaboration through pair programming and continuous integration
  • Reduce defects through developer testing
  • Align business and technical decisions through weekly and quarterly planning
  • Improve teamwork by setting up an informative, shared workspace

You will also find many other concrete ideas for improvement, all based on a philosophy that emphasizes simultaneously increasing the humanity and effectiveness of software development.

Every team can improve. Every team can begin improving today. Improvement is possible—beyond what we can currently imagine. Extreme Programming Explained, Second Edition, offers ideas to fuel your improvement for years to come.




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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 657 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (16 Nov 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OZ0N5S
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first edition 3 Aug 2005
By D. Poon
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If you already know XP, you perhaps want to know whether to buy this book. I'll try to answer that question.
The first edition of this book marked a watershed in the way I thought about software. I did leave many questions unanswered, however, as our team struggled to implement the practices 'out of the box'. Perhaps a bit too much revolutionary zeal.
The breadth of the second edition is far greater. It explains the principles so that you can adapt them to your own circumstances, without subverting their original intent. As such it is a far more usefull book than the first edition, even if it lacks the bold audacity of the former - or maybe the ideas of XP dont seem so left of field anymore.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Embrace the 1st edition 14 Aug 2006
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I have to disagree with one of the other reviewers. The first edition of Kent Beck's book was a model of simplicity and clarity. The second edition however seems far less clear, and yet in places is also more dogmatic.

Whereas in the 1st edition there was a simple list of twelve practices, in the second there are 13 primary practices and 11 corollary practices. The lists of principles differ between the two books too, making it hard to understand what some people mean when they talk about XP.

Much of the management discussion has also been removed from the 2nd edition and migrated into a second book.

If you want a clear, unambiguous description of XP, I would strongly recommend trying to find a copy of the first edition.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing the point 30 Mar 2006
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Most of the negative views here really miss the point and, personally I believe this is down mostly to ignorance or resistance to change. To the reviewer who says "nothing new" - well that is half the point; XP is revolutionary because it is common sense applied to the experience of seeing how things have worked for the last 30 years (also if you studied this book at university I guess you have no or little real world experience of commercial development). Also XP was one of the first of the "new" ideas - it is getting a bit 'old' now but just because most punk sounds like the Ramones that doesn't make the Ramones unoriginal.
To those who say pair programming is impossible you've not tried it your just resistant to an idea that seems wrong as a manager (but you don't have to do pair programming). To those who say "You cannot always be ready to ship, some bits of applications takes weeks until they are just ready for a proper compile" then it is you who needs putting in the humour section as you've missed the point. Unit tests, continuous integration, disciple and good management means you can be ready to ship on a hourly basis (we are in my shop). That doesn't mean it's a completely finished product in terms of features but every feature is finished and works and can deliver business value.
I feel some critism of XP is valid (pair programming isn't right for everyone - but that doesn't mean its wrong) and it doesn't work on large teams (but then large teams may be a 'bad thing') but the truth is most critism sounds like the people who poo-poo'd (and still do) source and change control even though now you are considered a real idiot for not having them - that's the same with unit tests and CI.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The White Book... 9 Feb 2006
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Its an easy read, if you can stomach the slightly painful marketing-speak. XP brings silly little things like humanity and respect back into programming.
If you've not pair-programmed or test-driven before then you are missing out on the ideas that Microsoft are still desperately scrabbling to understand. Kent may be walking on the shoulders of giants, but this book has been a watershed for responsible, non-reactive software development.
This, the second edition is even more practical, improving on the original book with a more pragmatic and cooperative business attitude.
There are people out there enjoying their work, helping their businesses to thrive without working all-hours under threat of violence or redundancy. Why not join us?
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5.0 out of 5 stars An open look into a great methodology 29 May 2014
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I've been part of an agile transformation for 18 months, and have been embracing a lot of the concepts in the book due to some great coaching. However I've recently left said company, so it has been great to read about embracing change, reaffirming my views and learning new perspectives, which I can now introduce to my new company, who are at the start of their agile transformation.
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Very well written, a must-read for software developers and people in the software development business.

Would recommend it to anyone.
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