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Agile Development with ICONIX Process: People, Process, and Pragmatism [Hardcover]

Doug Rosenberg , Mark Collins-Cope , Matt Stephens
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February 27, 2005 1590594649 978-1590594643 1

This book describes how to apply ICONIX Process (a minimal, use case-driven modeling process) in an agile software project. It’s full of practical advice for avoiding common agile pitfalls. Further, the book defines a core agile subset so those of you who want to get agile need not spend years learning to do it. Instead, you can simply read this book and apply the core subset of techniques.

The book follows a real-life .NET/C# project from inception and UML modeling, to working code through several iterations. You can then go on-line to compare the finished product with the initial set of use cases.

The book also introduces several extensions to the core ICONIX Process, including combining test-driven development (TDD) with up-front design to maximize both approaches (with examples using Java and JUnit). And the book incorporates persona analysis to drive the projects goals and reduce requirements churn.

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Mark Collins-Cope is technical director of Ratio Group Ltd., a U.K.-based company undertaking development, training, consultancy and recruitment in the object and component technology arena (see Collins-Cope has undertaken many roles in his 16 years in the software development industry, including analysis, design, architecture definition/technical lead, project management, lecturer, and writer. His key interests include use-case analysis, software architecture and component-based development and software process. Collins-Cope is also editor of ObjectiveView, a free object and component technology journal available in PDF format here.

Matt Stephens is a Java developer, project leader, and technical architect with a financial organization based in central London. He's been developing software commercially for over 15 years, and has led many agile projects through successive customer releases. He has spoken at a number of software conferences on�object-oriented development topics, and his writing appears regularly in a variety of software journals and websites, including The Register and ObjectiveView.

Matt is the co-author of Extreme Programming Refactored: The Case Against XP (Apress, 2003) with Doug Rosenberg, Agile Development with ICONIX Process (Apress, 2005) with Doug Rosenberg and Mark Collins-Cope, and Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML: Theory and Practice with Doug Rosenberg (Apress, 2007).

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 261 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (February 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590594649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590594643
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the books in the correct order January 24, 2007
First beware that books with almost the same titles have been written by the same author and some of his fellows between 1999 and 2007:

1999: "Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML: A Practical Approach": This is the "reference" book although it seems ICONIX has evolved since if we consider later books and various articles online. I am considering acquiring this one after disapointments about "Agile Development with ICONIX Process."

2001: "Applying Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML : An Annotated e-Commerce Example": This seems to have been written to illustrate the first book with a web example.

2005: "Agile Development with ICONIX Process, People, Process and Pragmatism": This is the book we are talking about here. I bought it because of its relative recentness and was quite disapointed: a bigger part of the book is dedicated to defend the ICONIX process on one hand (this is what many other comments denounce about the 1999 book), and to explore new extensions that obviously have not yet stabilized.

2006 and 2007: Two new books published only a few monthes apart, from two different editors, and especially with almost identical titles: "Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML - ICONIX Process in Theory and Practice" (Addison-Wesley, jun. 2006) and "Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML - Theory and Practice", (Apress, jan. 2007). The first is unavailable at this time on Amazon and is very expensive ($160). Given the titles, these two new (and identical ?) books might be a rewrite of the 1999 reference.

What I liked in the book:

1. The process is explained quite clearly

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4.0 out of 5 stars long, real world example of using Iconix April 13, 2005
Agile development has come to mean various things, as different people emphasise different aspects or steps. The first part of the book goes heavily into describing the main variant forms of Agile development throughout the world. Of course, Extreme Programming is a very vocal variant. But there are also other noteworthy versions, like the Crystal methodology and needless to say, the book's subject - Iconix. The book gives the authors' views on why Iconix, with its rapid iterations, but still using a serious initial modelling and use cases, is superior.

The authors sound plausible. But if you read most any book on program development, they might all sound likewise. The differences between Iconix and the other Agile variants seem fairly small. Though they do seem important to the authors.

The second half of the book is a non-trivial case study of a project worked on by them. It is indeed rare for this level of detail to be given to a single example. The merit is that you can get a serious scrutiny at how Iconix unfolds on a real world task. To some of you who might find the first part of the book to be rather intangible, this case study may have more substance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "middle ground" does exist. March 28, 2005
I am a trained CMMI process person. (The Carnegie Mellon SEI Trademark applies). I also abhor the high-ceremony approach that many CMMI folks think is necessary to pass an assessment. This book offers a well-defined process, appropriate review opportunities, and planning that adjusts to conditions of fact based on "estimable" chunks of work. Best of all, the modeling technique from use cases to code AND TEST CASES removes the duplicative requirements tracability matrix from from CMMI practice. It is already built into the model. And much of the QA requirement is built in as well by doing a few metrics on the test case results and documenting the reviews a bit. Automated, tested builds and the required CM discipline to do frequent integrations will cover a lot of Configuration Management as well. Basically, I believe that I could take this relatively lightweight process and actually use it as the core of a CMMI-compliant set of procedures and plans in the CMMI engineering process areas without having to add a lot of formality, simply because so many of its artifacts do double or triple duty. It is certainly going to be fun to try (and I do not often say that about a CMMI "stuff").

One other positive note: Finally a real world example with real-world solutions. No more sterile, artificial ATM machine implementations.

Was there a weakness? For me it was the authors' need to prove their agility over and over again, but then in these political times of sales hype over substance, I guess they can be be forgiven for overreaction to "extremo" hype. I tend to do the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real-World Experience August 7, 2005
About two years ago, I reviewed Doug's books and contacted him to help me on a new software development effort I was directing. I had low expectations because my team was just learning professional software methods period. Doug came in and taught the five main diagraming techniques, including robustness diagrams. After the class, he pitched-in to help with documenting all of our use-cases and thoroughly disambiguating our problem domain. This was the most successfull software project in the history of the company. As a direct result of Doug's methodology and consulting, we delivered a reliable and re-usable core product line. Because of this, we have been able to consistently deliver great software based on the original core time-after-time.
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