Managing Software Debt: Building for Inevitable Change (paperback) (Paperback)Chris Sterling (author)
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In Managing Software Debt, leading Agile expert Chris Sterling shows how understanding software debt can help you move products to market faster, with a realistic plan for refactoring them based on experience. Writing for all Agile software professionals, Sterling explains why you're going into software debt whether you know it or not-and why the interest on that debt can bring projects to a standstill. Next, he thoroughly explains each form of software debt, showing how to plan for it intelligently and repay it successfully. You'll learn why accepting software debt is not the same as deliberate sloppiness, and you'll learn how to use the software debt concept to systematically improve architectural agility. Coverage includes
Managing tensions between speed and perfection and recognizing that you'll inevitably ship some "not quite right" codePlanning to minimize interest payments by paying debts quicklyBuilding architectures that respond to change and help enterprises run more smoothlyIncorporating emergent architecture concepts into daily activities, using Agile collaboration and refactoring techniquesDelivering code and other software internals that reduce the friction of future changeUsing early, automated testing to move past the "break/fix" mentalityScripting and streamlining both deployment and rollbackImplementing team configuration patterns and knowledge sharing approaches that make software debt easier to repayClearing away technical impediments in existing architecturesUsing the YAGNI ("you ain't gonna need it") approach to strip away unnecessary complexity
Using this book's techniques, senior software leadership can deliver more business value; managers can organize and support development teams more effectively; and teams and team members can improve their performance throughout the development lifecycle.
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 232 x 178 x 18 mm
-Matthew Heusser, Software Process Naturalist
"Inertia: It's what restricts change and leads to a cost of making a change or starting a change after a period of no investment or maintenance. This book explains in great detail what the different types of debt are that lead to inertia and, ultimately, to a cost to the business in managing software maintenance and development. The richness of explanation in this book of how to manage the virtual debt that every business incurs is unmatched. Every business-focused CIO, enterprise architect, software architect, or project manager should have a copy."
-Colin Renouf, Enterprise Architect
"Software debt is an important concept and Sterling does a sterling job of explaining what it is, why it is bad, and how to avoid it. A healthy dose of theory sprinkled with lots of pragmatic examples."
-Roger Sessions, CTO, ObjectWatch (objectwatch.com)
"Chris Sterling's experience in Agile architecture and his focus on software debt make this book a must-read for architects and engineers on Agile teams."
-Jan Bosch, VP Engineering Process, Intuit
"This book offers highlights and shortcomings of managing inherited software code and the debts that come with quality software. The author offers a unique perspective on dealing with software development issues. A must-read for all software developers."
-Leyna Cotran, Institute for Software Research, University of California, Irvine
"The vital importance of rapid feedback to the software process is a fundamental premise of modern software methods. When such feedback is quantified in the form of software debt, the software process becomes most effective. Chris Sterling's book holds the details you need to know in order to quantify the debt and pay it back. Moreover, it will teach you how to avoid debt in the first place."
-Israel Gat, The Agile Executive (theagileexecutive.com and on Twitter at @agile_exec)
"This book represents a wonderful opportunity for a larger community to take advantage of Chris's many years of experience and his innovative approaches to Agile architecture and continuous quality. . . . His book distills many of his principles and techniques into practical guidelines, and he manages to convey very powerful ideas in accessible prose, despite the inherent complexity of architecture and technical debt. . . . Chris's book will help architects, leaders, and teams see their way to better systems and better organizational performance."
-Evan Campbell, Founder of Chinook Software Consulting
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