Essential Skills for the Agile Developer A Guide to Better Programming and Design

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-08-19
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional

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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 Developerfills 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 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 the least 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: the whole organization andthe whole product across its entire lifecycle.   Essential Skills for the Agile Developershows how to   Program 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

Author Biography

Alan Shalloway, founder and CEO of Net Objectives, is a renowned thought leader, trainer, and coach in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum, and agile design. His books include Lean-Agile Software Development (Addison-Wesley, 2009), Lean-Agile Pocket Guide For Scrum Teams (Lean-Agile Press, 2009), and both editions of Design Patterns Explained (Addison-Wesley, 2001 and 2004).


Scott Bain, senior consultant at Net Objectives, is a 35+-year veteran in software development, engineering, and design. He authored the Jolt award-winning book Emergent Design (Addison-Wesley, 2008).


Ken Pugh, a fellow consultant at Net Objectives, helps companies move to Lean-Agility through training and coaching. His books include Lean-Agile Acceptance Test Driven Development (Addison-Wesley, 2011) and the Jolt Award-winner Prefactoring (O’Reilly, 2005).


Amir Kolsky is a senior consultant, coach, and trainer for Net Objectives with more than 25 years of experience.

Table of Contents

Being a Lean-Agile Consultant
Introduction to This Field Guide
Overview of Lean-Agile Software Development
Stories from Lean-Agile Consulting
Lean-Agile Consulting
Getting the Organization Ready for Lean-Agile
The Lean-Agile Coaching Plan
The Lean-Agile Environment
Implementing Lean-Agile Projects
Project Work: Define and Plan
Project Work: Staging
Project Work: Work Iterations
Project Work: Release and Project Closure
Expanding Lean-Agile
Expansion to the Enterprise
Task I: The Seller's Dashboard
Task J: Downloading Reports
Task K: Adding E-Commerce
Task L: Extending your Application to the Desktop with AIR
Advanced Topics
AMF for Rails: WebORB for Rails and RubyAMF
Rich Media
Publish Subscribe Messaging with Active
MQ and Active
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