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. By learning the ways of the agile samurai you will discover:
how to create plans and schedules your customer and your team can believe in
what characteristics make a good agile team and how to form your own
how to gather requirements in a fraction of the time using agile user stories
what to do when you discover your schedule is wrong, and how to look like a pro correcting it
how to execute fiercely by leveraging the power of agile software engineering practices
By the end of this book you will know everything you need to set up, execute, and successfully deliver agile projects, and have fun along the way. If you're a project lead, this book gives you the tools to set up and lead your agile project from start to finish. If you are an analyst, programmer, tester, usability designer, or project manager, this book gives you the insight and foundation necessary to become a valuable agile team member.
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.
This book will make a difference.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book for those who are unfamiliar with agile concepts. The author provides very practical advice on general best practices. This book is focused on "agile" (lowercase "a") rather than "Agile" (uppercase "A"), i.e., instead of prescribing a particular methodology, the author describes different possible approaches, but advocates doing whatever appears to make the most sense from an agile perspective given the particulars of a team's work.
The author's style of writing is more enjoyable than other books on agile because he presents the material from several angles, provides nice visuals, and writes in a lighthearted manner. The Audible version is great. I liked it so much that I purchased the book. I've re-read it several times.
I'm not a software developer, but I am able to apply the concepts from the first 3/4 of the book to most of my project-related work.
The Agile Samurai is an introduction to Agile Development... well... mostly the Agile project management parts of Agile development. It is a good introduction that covers the basics in an easy to follow way and it is even at times... funny... though less times than it attempts to be :P
The book consists for 5 parts: 1) Introduction Agile, 2) Project Inception, 3) Project Planning, 4) Project Execution, and 5) Creating Software. Each of these parts cover what you would expect of them. Most major agile techniques are covers, such as chartering, stories, relative estimation, visual management and much more. The descriptions are easy to follow, though I felt at times it was a bit too verbose. (perhaps the attempts of humor? :P)
The first 4 parts focus mostly on the "project management" side of Agile Development. I was a bit surprised by the amount of focus on inception and chartering, but I guess it is useful from the typical outsourced project perspective...
I found the material on this book edifying and easy to understand. This book stays away from many of the technical details of the practices it covers (such as TDD and Continuous Integration); for more information on Test Driven Development or Continuous Integration, I recommend much further reading. Use this book as a starting point, not a source of compressive information on the subject.
One does not need to be a developer to appreciate the contents of this book. In fact, most of the insights in Agile Samurai would probably be more helpful for managers and nontechnical workers overseeing technical projects than for developers themselves.
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