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Essential Skills for the Agile Developer: A Guide to Better Programming and Design (Paperback)
  • Essential Skills for the Agile Developer: A Guide to Better Programming and Design (Paperback)

Essential Skills for the Agile Developer: A Guide to Better Programming and Design (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 22/09/2011
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Agile has become today's dominant software development paradigm, but agile methods remain difficult to measure and improve. Essential Skills for the Agile Developer fills this gap from the bottom up, teaching proven techniques for assessing and optimizing both individual and team agile practices.

Written by four principals of Net Objectives-one of the world's leading agile training and consulting firms-this book reflects their unsurpassed experience helping organizations transition to agile. It focuses on the specific actions and insights that can deliver the greatest design and programming improvements with economical investment.

The authors reveal key factors associated with successful agile projects and offer practical ways to measure them. Through actual examples, they address principles, attitudes, habits, technical practices, and design considerations-and above all, show how to bring all these together to deliver higher-value software. Using the authors' techniques, managers and teams can optimize the whole organization and the whole product across its entire lifecycle.

Essential Skills for the Agile Developer shows how to

Perform programming by intention Separate use from construction Consider testability before writing code Avoid over- and under-design Succeed with Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) Minimize complexity and rework Use encapsulation more effectively and systematically Know when and how to use inheritance Prepare for change more successfully Perform continuous integration more successfully Master powerful best practices for design and refactoring

Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
ISBN: 9780321543738
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 231 x 178 x 15 mm

"I tell teams that the lean and agile practices should be treated like a buffet: Don't try and take everything, or it will make you ill-try the things that make sense for your project. In this book the authors have succinctly described the 'why' and the 'how' of some of the most effective practices, enabling all software engineers to write quality code for short iterations in an efficient manner."

-Kay Johnson

Software Development Effectiveness Consultant, IBM

"Successful agile development requires much more than simply mastering a computer language. It requires a deeper understanding of agile development methodologies and best practices. Essential Skills for the Agile Developer provides the perfect foundation for not only learning but truly understanding the methods and motivations behind agile development."

-R.L. Bogetti

Lead System Designer, Baxter Healthcare

"Essential Skills for the Agile Developer is an excellent resource filled with practical coding examples that demonstrate key agile practices."

-Dave Hendricksen

Software Architect, Thomson Reuters

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