Faced with a software project of epic proportions? Tired of over-committing and under-delivering? Enter the dojo of the agile samurai, where agile expert Jonathan Rasmusson shows you how to kick-start, execute, and deliver your agile projects. Combining cutting-edge tools with classic agile practices, The Agile Samurai gives you everything you need to deliver something of value every week and make rolling your software into production a non-event. Get ready to kick some software project butt.
The Agile Samurai slices away the fluff and theory that make other books less-than-agile. It's packed with best practices, war stories, plenty of humor, and hands-on tutorial exercises that will get you doing the right things, the right way.
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"This book is very well written. Rasmusson uses an entertaining writing style that makes it pleasant to read from beginning to end. What I like the most is the author experience. The way he presents the topics dealing with role assignation (chapter 2) and reality in agile planning (chapter 8) is simply remarkable." (Computing Reviews)
A good little primer on Agile, with lots of practical tips and 'war stories'. The narration is perfect for the subject matter (I didn't mind the slight cheesiness of the "dojo" bits!) but I mostly sped it up to 1.25x as it was a little slower than I like.
I really liked that it addressed principles for development teams such as refactoring code, continuous integration, unit testing etc - I am not a developer but I it was explained in a way that a non-dev could understand it.
The core principles and techniques of agile are clearly expressed here, albeit at a fairly rudimentary level...but a great intro/primer audiobook.
The book is structured to allow for easy re -visitation of specific techniques covered in the book.
My only issue with the book is the incredibly cheesy (well at least for my tastes) visits to the "Agile Master" in his dojo, I understand they are an attempt to recap the chapter in a conversational way, however it comes across as either condescension or hyperbole.
I would certainly recommend.
For a non-developer wanting to get up to speed with the agile terminology and mind-set this was a great introduction. Its light hearted and un complicated delivery made the principles easy to understand and memorable.
I would recommend
It's a good book but needs more on automation. Test automation and techniques like continuous integration are underpinning factor to large scalable projects in agile. Without it the team can't get through regression testing and code can't be checked in frequently.
Solid introductory giude
If you are looking for your first book on Agile or if you have some level of experience, but you would like to re-enforce the principals and the practical application of them then this is a great book. It gives lots of examples and isn't biased towards a particular flavour of Agile although it does mention Scrum and XP more than anything else. The chapter on the Inception Deck is particularly powerful.
An outstanding audio adaptation of the whirlwind tour of agile software development. A great companion for someone with a long commute between the serenity of home and the chaos of a development shop struggling to find its place with an agile process.
"Short intro to everything Agile"
The book summarizes and jetskis through all the agile/scrum work methodology and cycles. However, it should be listened at 1.5x speed, otherwise it feels like Don is sedated.
"Good Overview of Agile Software Development"
This book was very straight forward, reviewed all the components for today's style of software development. One of the points that is clearly made is don't get hung up on following every element as described but make it fit for your organization. Not all companies develop the same type of software.
Simple explanations of concepts. Entertaining examples and anecdotes. Fun delivery with allusions to martial arts.
"great high level summary."
learned a lot of new terms and processes. I feel like I now at least know what the programmers are talking about. thanks
"Adds a ton of value"
This book goes way past the standard definition and artifacts of scrum and introduces methods from lean as well s the authors experience that aren't in any other book that I know of.
"Agile is a mentality"
It is one of the best introductions to the Agile mentality that I have come across. Breaking things down to simple understandable pieces without giving so much detail that you want to vomit while listening.
Presents the ideas in a very approachable manner, follow's them up with example from real life experience, then finishes with a hypothetical.
Agile is a mentality
"Useful listening to the book. Well narrated."
Good book. Covers important Agile concepts. Learnt useful techniques like Test Driven Development and Refactoring from the book. Useful for beginners in Agile Development.
This book is a good primer for Agile and plenty of references to other books to dive in on a particular area of agile. The book is good on its own, however if you only wanted the book so that you had a list of other books to read for a broader and deeper understanding it is also good in that regard.
"life changing stuff"
I have worked in Agile for over 7 years and the started with a company that does not do Agile. I knew of all the things more successful companies did, but never really sat down to determine the ins and outs of the process. this book was a quick, light hearted, and profoundly philosophical book with the ways that work and why they work. I'd highly recommend this to leaders and members of all software development teams. I even use the philosophy in my day to day life with great success.
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