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Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience
Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

4.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth a Read, 14 Jun. 2016
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Very clearly written with some sound experiments to try. Excellent.


Agile Foundations: Principles, practices and frameworks
Agile Foundations: Principles, practices and frameworks
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Overall Coverage of Leading Agile Methods, 26 May 2016
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Agile Foundations is written in a clear, unbiased tone.

It provides a good introduction to what it means to adopt an agile mindset, and would be a sensible first read for anyone about to embark on an agile transformation.

I would have liked the book to cover LeSS and DAD instead of making what appears to be a recommendation of SAFe, but it's a minor quibble.


Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age
Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age
Price: £9.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of useful information; essential desktop reference, 18 May 2016
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I've been a fan of Roman Pichler's work in product management for a few years now. In this book, he brings together a lot of the blog posts and tools he offers on his web site into a clear and coherent guide to strategy and release planning.

The book contains plenty of real world examples, making it straight forward to apply the theory as presented. Ideas are presented clearly, with references to tools that can be used to implement those ideas consistently. There's very little in the way of extraneous content; everything is clearly laid out and to the point.

I would recommend this book to anyone working in product management, particularly those working in agile software development.


PHP 5 Power Programming (Bruce Perens' Open Source)
PHP 5 Power Programming (Bruce Perens' Open Source)
by Andi Gutmans
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.98

32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 11 May 2005
Overall, I found this book a disappointing experience. There were a number of technical errors which gives the book a sloppy feel and may prove confusing to users lacking confidence in their own ability to rationalise code examples.
I was also irritated to find a 85-page PEAR and PECL package listing in the back of the book, which appears to just be a reproduction of information from pear.php.net, and something which will probably be out-of-date by the time the book is delivered. I also found it annoying to find a quick start guide to a commercial product sold by one of the authors included in the book.
This book is marketed as containing expert techiques, yet the book spends 50 pages going through basic functions! I bought the book on the reputation of the authors, who are all very visibile within the PHP community. I shall not make the same mistake again.
In my opinion, buyers would be much better off buying either "Advanced PHP Programming" by George Schlossnagle (0672325616) or "PHP 5 Objects, Patterns, Practice" by Matt Zandstra (1590593804), both of which are excellent.


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