Agile Software Development

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Table of Contents

List of Figures  xi

List of Stories  xvii

Preface  xxi

Preface to Second Edition  xxxi


0          Unknowable and Incommunicable  1

0.1       Unknowable and Incommunicable: Evolution  21


Chapter 1        A Cooperative Game of Invention and Communication  27

Chapter 1.1     A Cooperative Game of  Invention and Communication: Evolution  47


Chapter 2        Individuals  65

Chapter 2.1     Individuals: Evolution  99


Chapter 3        Communication, Cooperating Teams  105

Chapter 3.1     Teams: Evolution  143


Chapter 4        Methodologies  147

Chapter 4.1     Methodologies: Evolution  207


Chapter 5        Agile and Self-Adapting  217

Chapter 5.1     Agile and Self-Adapting: Evolution  241


Chapter 6        The Crystal Methodologies  335

Chapter 6.1     The Crystal Methodologies: Evolution  351


Appendix A      The Agile Software Development Manifesto  367

Appendix A.1   The Agile Software Development Manifesto and the Declaration of Interdependence  379

Appendix B      Naur, Ehn, Musashi  391

Appendix B.1   Naur, Ehn, Musashi: Evolution  427

Appendix C      Afterword  431

Appendix D      Books and References  437


Index  453


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The agile model of software development took the world by storm in 2001. By 2002, there were books and conferences on agile development. By 2006, it has influenced everything from procurement contracts to military procurement procedures, to college curriculum to project management. Six years ago Alistair Cockburn wrote the first edition of this book right after the crafting of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Since then a LOT has changed and with it a need for a revised edition that reflects the current picture of agile development. The first edition asked "What does this mean?" This revised edition goes beyond the basic question and now answers: "Where does agile fit in the total set of development situations?"; "How do we blend these ideas with others?"; and eventually "How do we extend these ideas to other fields?" In addition the cooperative game model grew alongside the agile model, striking a chord with business people as well as developers, making this a timely and essential revision for agile development.

About the Author

Dr. Alistair Cockburn is an internationally renowned expert on all aspects of software development, from object-oriented modeling and architecture, to methodology design, to project management and organizational alignment. One of the pioneers who coined the term “agile software development,” he co-authored the 2001 Agile Software Development Manifesto and the 2005 Declaration of Interdependence. Since 1975, he has led projects and taught in places from Oslo to Cape Town, from Vancouver to Beijing. His work has covered topics from design to management to testing, in research, in government, and in industry. His most recent book is Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams. His books Writing Effective Use Cases and Agile Software Development won back-to-back Jolt Productivity Awards in 2001 and 2002.

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