Ms. Rachel C. Davies

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (34 of 34)
Location: Rugby, Warwickshire, UK
Birthday: 12 April


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,782,569 - Total Helpful Votes: 34 of 34
Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great (Pra&hellip by Esther Derby
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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… Read more
Fearless Change: patterns for introducing new idea&hellip by Mary Lynn Manns Ph.D.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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 Te&hellip by J. B. Rainsberger
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.

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