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Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game (Agile Software Development Series) by [Cockburn, Alistair]
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From the Back Cover

“Agile Software Development is a highly stimulating and rich book. The author has a deep background and gives us a tour de force of the emerging agile methods.”

–Tom Gilb


The agile model of software development has taken the world by storm. Now, in Agile Software Development, Second Edition, one of agile’s leading pioneers updates his Jolt Productivity award-winning book to reflect all that’s been learned about agile development since its original introduction.


Alistair Cockburn begins by updating his powerful model of software development as a “cooperative game of invention and communication.” Among the new ideas he introduces: harnessing competition without damaging collaboration; learning lessons from lean manufacturing; and balancing strategies for communication. Cockburn also explains how the cooperative game is played in business and on engineering projects, not just software development


Next, he systematically illuminates the agile model, shows how it has evolved, and answers the questions developers and project managers ask most often, including


·      Where does agile development fit in our organization?

·      How do we blend agile ideas with other ideas?

·      How do we extend agile ideas more broadly?


Cockburn takes on crucial misconceptions that cause agile projects to fail. For example, you’ll learn why encoding project management strategies into fixed processes can lead to ineffective strategy decisions and costly mistakes. You’ll also find a thoughtful discussion of the controversial relationship between agile methods and user experience design.


Cockburn turns to the practical challenges of constructing agile methodologies for your own teams. You’ll learn how to tune and continuously reinvent your methodologies, and how to manage incomplete communication. This edition contains important new contributions on these and other topics:


·      Agile and CMMI

·      Introducing agile from the top down

·      Revisiting “custom contracts”

·      Creating change with “stickers”


In addition, Cockburn updates his discussion of the Crystal methodologies, which utilize his “cooperative game” as their central metaphor.


If you’re new to agile development, this book will help you succeed the first time out. If you’ve used agile methods before, Cockburn’s techniques will make you even more effective.


About the Author

Dr. Alistair Cockburn is an internationally renowned expert on all aspects of software development, from object-oriented modeling and architecture, to methodology design, to project management and organizational alignment. One of the pioneers who coined the term “agile software development,” he co-authored the 2001 Agile Software Development Manifesto and the 2005 Declaration of Interdependence. Since 1975, he has led projects and taught in places from Oslo to Cape Town, from Vancouver to Beijing. His work has covered topics from design to management to testing, in research, in government, and in industry. His most recent book is Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams. His books Writing Effective Use Cases and Agile Software Development won back-to-back Jolt Productivity Awards in 2001 and 2002.

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  • Print Length: 504 pages
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  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 2 edition (19 Oct. 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027976NG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Open this book at a random page and read it. You'll find it well-written, easy-to-read and to some extent entertaining. The page you read will no doubt contain reflections on some past project done many years ago, issues in that project, some common sense reasons for those issues, some theories about how software should be developed, and a list of things for the reader to think about in their own project.
Which sounds great !
But carry on reading and you'll get more of the same, on the next page, and the page after that....etc.

1. Too much waffle.
He uses lots of clever words without saying very much. He repeats himself many times.

2. Not very objective
He seems to gather evidence to support his argument rather than look at things objectively. He tells stories of how projects using other methodologies have failed and how agile would have succeeded.
He ignores successful non-agile projects. He doesn't reflect on failed agile projects.
His acceptance of extreme programming is particularly unjustified.

3. Not practical enough
He doesn't say "this is how you do agile development, this is how it works, this is how you can implement it in your projects, these are its good points and points, don't use it here! ".

I like the idea of developing theories and user stories, and common sense says that you should not try to use the same patterns and practices for every project. Beyond this there is little real-world practical advice.

If you're in the Agile cult you will love it. If you like theorising you will love it. If, like myself, you're a seasoned pro you will recognise many of the highlighted issues, agree with most of the suggestions, be annoyed at some of the leaps of faith made, and be frustrated at his inability to get to the point and map out concrete, practical solutions.
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This isnt a "techniques" book. It's more like a meta-methodology book i.e. it shows you what processes your team should consider using.
There's a lot of psychology in here as agile is more of an "ethos" than a set of techniques.
But, nonetheless, this is required reading for anyone in the software industry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars book that helps you understand your team 26 Feb. 2010
By Gabriel Balogh - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is perfect, it tells you which are the key factors that influence the success of the whole team, what is working, what isn't and why. It's not just a "methodology description-like" book, it explains why to do things, it goes to very essence. For me the most useful was the recognizing of the human factor in sw development and the cooperative game theory, shu-ha-ri levels of seeing the world and I can continue and continue. I recommend it to everyone who wants to perform better in sw development area. It's my 3rd book from him, and I can say, that all of them had common properties as easy to read, easy to understand, practical and worth for reading more than once:)
5.0 out of 5 stars Information communication vs instruction 25 Nov. 2013
By Phlip - Published on Amazon.com
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The explanation is simple; even the more "abstract" topic in chapter one is clearly presented for an Agile novice like myself.

The rest of the book is the typical Alistair Cockburn style; information is communicated rather than purely transferred as instructions. The communicative style of writing from Mr Cockburn makes the book an enjoyable read. And he is not afraid to make place for different views - even those that does not necessarily supports his own views.
4.0 out of 5 stars Really dense reading and a bit dated, but provided ... 2 Feb. 2015
By Sasha E. Z. - Published on Amazon.com
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Really dense reading and a bit dated, but provided me with a deeper understanding of the software development process.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Agile 23 Oct. 2010
By M. Helmke - Published on Amazon.com
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The book is clearly written, easy to read, and supports people who want to move from either no understanding or an elementary understanding of the topic to a higher level of comprehension and application, from a rigid framework to "what works." This edition is expanded and updated from the first edition and is therefore more highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 14 Aug. 2014
By Roger A. Pace - Published on Amazon.com
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Helped me prepare for my Agile exam and passed it.
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