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on 9 July 2006
I've worked as a web developer for 10 years and in that time I've worked for numerous companies. I wish every one of them had read this book and taken lessons from it.

If you've been in the position where processes aren't working, projects are a nightmare race to deadline, the team isn't cohesive. If you're thinking surely theres a better way to run projects than this, then this is the book for you.

Intelligently written and well argued, it covers many concepts you may well already be familiar with and gives them some foundation and practical ways in which they can be adopted.

If you wish to be a better developer in a better team buy this book.
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on 20 November 2006
I had read a few reviews on this book, all positive so I was really looking forward to reading it.

While the book encourages some very worthwhile and useful techniques I did find that many of the tips were practices that any reasonable software developer should be considering as a matter of course, not just to be agile.

I would say that this is an excellent read for developers with only a few years of experience with some great tips on how to be more productive.

However for more experienced people it should just be memory jogger and give you a chance to become enthused and really try to do the 'right' things again. Get through the 'software is alot like surfing' analogies and some of the more ivory tower comments (try telling you boss that a late fix cannot go in because as a developer you do not have authority to degrade company assets i.e. the source code) and focus on the real points of the text, often seemingly obvious but its surprising how few developers and projects follow the any sort of methodology at all.
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VINE VOICEon 15 September 2010
The written style reminded me more of the Recipes type of book. Some of the other Agile-focussed books go into more detail about the whole process step by step. This one kind of looks at different aspects and perspectives in bite-sized chunks.
It's probably good for introducing some agile aspects to a company, but it's not got the same level of detail or coherence that a book like The Art of Agile Development does.
Also, some of the steps in agile, principles, etc, are more clearly represented with a diagram, which this book is very short on.
In all, while useful and trying to cover a lot of ground in a rather short book, it's more like an extended collection of Agile development blog posts than anything else.
I also didn't like the 'Devil's Advocate' entries, because with the way they're highlighted, where most books have the key hints and notes made more visible, this book manages to similarly highlight the EXACT OPPOSITE of the processes to follow. A quick flick through will then leave the strongest impression as those ideas not the right ones.
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on 20 May 2013
This book is great even if you think you already know Agile. Not only will it reinforce the good stuff and call you on the bad stuff, it will massively help you with the right explanation for people who don't know Agile yet!
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on 3 March 2014
Helpful for anyone eager to get agile. Well organized and written, right to the point.
Recommended to software developers, architects and people managing dev teams.
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on 31 March 2016
Great book, easy to read and with a lot of tips to help you be a better developer. Language agnostic.
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