Book Reviews Tagged “agile-projects”

Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future

Just Start: Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future

I've never been a big fan of the Shewhart or Deming cycle of Plan-Do-Check-Act. Sure, it works fine for some things. I cooked an elaborate dinner for my family last night. Plan, Do, Check and Act (or Eat) worked well for that. But for what makes up much of the rest of my life, a plan-first approach has never seemed entirely appropriate.

That Plan-Do-Check-Act is often…

Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams

Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams

This is an excellent book that deserves to be read by every tester on an agile project--and since agile projects largely try to do away with specific roles, everyone tests, making this a great book for almost anyone on an agile team. The book starts by laying groundwork by defining what agile testing is and describing ten principles for doing it. Part 2 touches on…

Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash

Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash

I’ve long considered Mary and Tom Poppendieck to be among the primary theoreticians in the agile software development movement. Their first book, Lean Software Development, provided insights into the theory behind agile software development. That first book has been widely praised for helping those of us doing agile software development know why what we were doing…

Managing Agile Projects

Managing Agile Projects

This is a very practical yet thought–provoking book. The book brings in a lot of thinking from complex adaptive systems to bear on the problem of managing agile projects. A lot of early agile thinking was that the role of the manager was to buy pizza and get out of the way. This book shows how the role of the agile project manager goes well beyond that and provides…

Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed

Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed

This book attempts to breach a conceptual divide between developers following agile developers and developers taking what the authors call a “plan–driven” approach. The book does an excellent job of summarizing many agile methods. The main premise of the book is that agile and plan–driven methods each have a “home ground” for which they are the appropriate choice. The…