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Practices of an Agile Developer


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1 Agile Software Development 2 Beginning Agility 1. Work for Outcome 2. Quick Fixes Become Quicksand 3. Criticize Ideas, Not People 4. Damn the Torpedoes, Go Ahead 3 Feeding Agility 5. Keep Up with Change 6. Invest in Your Team 7. Know When to Unlearn 8. Question Until You Understand 9. Feel the Rhythm 4 Delivering What Users Want 10. Let Customers Make Decisions 11. Let Design Guide, Not Dictate 12. Justify Technology Use 13. Keep It Releasable 14. Integrate Early, Integrate Often 15. Automate Deployment Early 16. Get Frequent Feedback Using Demos 17. Use Short Iterations, Release in Increments 18. Fixed Prices Are Broken Promises 5 Agile Feedback 19. Put Angels on Your Shoulders 20. Use It Before YouBuildIt 21. Different Makes a Difference 22. Automate Acceptance Testing 23. Measure Real Progress 24. Listen to Users 6 Agile Coding 25. Program Intently and Expressively 26. Communicate in Code 27. Actively Evaluate Trade-Offs 28. Code in Increments 29. Keep It Simple 30. Write Cohesive Code 31. Tell, Don't Ask 32. Substitute by Contract 7 Agile Debugging 33. Keep a Solutions Log 34. Warnings Are Really Errors 35. Attack Problems in Isolation 36. Report All Exceptions 37. Provide Useful Error Messages 8 Agile Collaboration 38. Schedule Regular Face Time 39. Architects Must Write Code 40. Practice Collective Ownership 41. Be a Mentor 42. Allow People to Figure It Out 43. Share Code Only When Ready 44. Review Code 45. Keep Others Informed 9 Epilogue: Moving to Agility 9.1 Just One New Practice 9.2 Rescuing a Failing Project 9.3 Introducing Agility: The Manager's Guide 9.4 Introducing Agility: The Programmer's Guide 9.5 The End? A Resources A.1 On the Web A.2 Bibliography

About the Author

Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., has trained and mentored thousands of software developers in the US and Europe. He has significant experience in architecture, design, and development of software applications. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects, and speaks frequently at conferences. He is also a non-tenure track faculty at the University of Houston and teaches the professional software developer series at Rice University school of continuing studies. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science and is the recipient of the 2004 computer science department teaching excellence award at UH.


""I was familiar with some of the practices mentioned since I own other books from The Pragmatic Bookshelf, but this book brings a lot of those ideas together and presents them in an clear, concise, organized, format. I would highly recommend this book to a new developer or to a development team that wanted to get 'agile, '.""--Scott Splavec, Senior Software Engineer

""This book helps you understand what you are missing, or what you can do better. Practices of an Agile Developer makes it easy to become agile, or get even better at it.""--Steffen Gemkow, Managing Director, ObjectFab GmbH

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