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Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great (Pragmatic Programmers)
Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great (Pragmatic Programmers)
by Esther Derby
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.63

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful handbook for agile teams, 20 Dec 2006
At last we have a book available that gives tips and advice on facilitating end of iteration retrospectives. Esther Derby and Diana Larsen are recognised experts in this field and have gathered knowledge from the international community of retrospective facilitators and presented it in an accessible format for readers new to facilitation.

The book will be really useful to agile coaches and team leads who want to apply retrospectives in their teams. A variety of exercises are described so that your retrospectives won't get boring and will continue to reveal process improvements that help your team optimize their process and stay sharp. This will become a well-thumbed trusty reference for agile teams.


Fearless Change: patterns for introducing new ideas
Fearless Change: patterns for introducing new ideas
by Mary Lynn Manns Ph.D.
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 30.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for change agents, 31 Oct 2004
I liked the book because it focusses on practical thecniques drawn from successful change agents in industry rather than expounding some abstract theory. You may recognize some familiar strategies but there are sure to be new ones that you will find useful.
Interestingly, the pattern form has been made more accessible to readers by prefacing each pattern with an opening story, weaving more narrative around the bare bones and providing dedicated chapters on related patterns and how they can reinforce what you are trying to do.


Junit Recipes: Practical Methods for Programmer Testing
Junit Recipes: Practical Methods for Programmer Testing
by J. B. Rainsberger
Edition: Paperback
Price: 27.92

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent team reference, 7 Oct 2004
I found this book very readable and am looking forward to try out some of the recipes on my current project. The book does not attempt to teach Test-Driven Development instead it focuses purely on testing patterns - different ways to apply JUnit to object and system testing - including examples of how to use JUnit extensions and specialised assertions from other XUnit projects, such as XmlUnit. The book contains many patterns that will be familiar to TDD practitioners and so will be a handy reference book for teams using JUnit.


Agile Development in the Large: Diving into the Deep
Agile Development in the Large: Diving into the Deep
by Jutta Eckstein
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.83

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Answers to some tough questions, 27 Sep 2004
This book tackles the tough topic of scaling agile software development. The author shares stories with top tips from her experience of working on large agile projects.
Several alternatives for communication and organization structures are presented with advice on how to select and refine an approach to fit the project. Much emphasis is placed on reflective practice and the use of retrospectives to help the team adapt the way they work.
If you work in a large organization and have found the standard agile texts leave you with questions about how the ideas might be applied on your project - then this book can help shed some light on many of the issues you may be faced with.


User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development (Addison-Wesley Signature)
User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development (Addison-Wesley Signature)
by Mike Cohn
Edition: Paperback
Price: 27.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All you ever need to know about User Stories !, 20 Mar 2004
Mike Cohn's book User Stories Applied is an excellent handbook on how to write User Stories and their role in agile software development. The book covers planning and tracking team velocity against the plan, including how to get started with these techniques. Mike really knows his subject and his book captures useful hints and tips for Customers and Developers based on practical experience with User Stories. I recommend this book to any team who want to get the best from the application of User Stories on their projects.


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