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ISBN-13: 978-1934356715 ISBN-10: 1934356719 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers
  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (February 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356719
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356715
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Langr has been building software for over a quarter century. He is the author of Agile in a FlashAgile Java and Essential Java Style, plus more than 90 articles on software development and a couple chapters in Uncle Bob's Clean Code. He runs the software development training and consulting company Langr Software Solutions from Colorado Springs.

Tim Ottinger has over 30 years of software development experience including time as an agile coach, OO trainer, contractor, in-house developer, and even a little team leadership and management. He is also a contributing author to Clean Code. He writes code. He likes it.

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Very useful for experienced and newcomers to Agile software development.
Melvin Perez-Cedano
They're a great learning tool for everyone from agile newbies to high-functioning, experienced teams.
Lisa Crispin
The simple cards with very central instructions can be used various ways.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Crispin on February 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've worked on agile teams for more than ten years. I'm amazed at the quality and quantity of information in this concise little deck of cards. You really could learn how to implement agile principles and values from these cards. My current team has been doing Scrum, XP and Lean practices since 2003, so I thought there wouldn't be anything new for us in these cards, but I was wrong. There are nuggets of information to drive new discussion and improvement, such as the Toyota Production System Principles.

The first day we had the cards, one of our programmers refactored some code to reflect a change in business terminology and got rid of the old code. Lesser programmers might have just hacked in the terminology change, but he did it the right way - harder in the short term, but keeping our technical debt low for the long term. Our ScrumMaster pulled out card #6, Courage, which includes "To always deliver quality work" and "To throw away unneeded code and tests". It was nice affirmation that we did the right thing.

We put cards that interest us up on the task board to think about, and we plan to read and discuss a card at each team retrospective. They're a great learning tool for everyone from agile newbies to high-functioning, experienced teams.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George Dinwiddie on March 10, 2011
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When Jeff and Tim first asked my opinion on turning their Agile in a Flash blog posts into physical cards for sale, I was pretty lukewarm. What was the value in cards with short pithy lists about various aspects about Agile? Some of these lists were not even new, but things in common use on the email discussion groups. I regretfully told them I didn't think there was much market for them.

But I continued to read their blog--not regularly, but dipping in and out either on a whim or triggered by some comment made on the discussion groups. And I found myself shifting focus from the pithy lists that are now on the front of the cards, to the thoughtful and nuanced interpretation that is now condensed to fit the back of the cards. I found descriptions that were some of the best treatments of the /heart/ of Agile (rather than just the theory or mechanism) that I have ever heard. And I found insights that were valuable to me, an experienced Agile coach, yet still accessible to those new to Agile.

Jeff and Tim bring an uncommon clarity of expression to this work. They demonstrate an uncommon simultaneous depth and breadth of understanding. I have often, since they first asked, wished their cards were available so I could hand one to a client.

And now I can.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Carlson on February 5, 2011
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I love this format. A set of 50 cards covering nearly every aspect of Agile Software Development, one focused topic per card. The diversity of the topics included in the deck make it relevant to pretty much anyone from the CEO to the engineering team. I like being able to discuss an idea with someone and have a physical card that I have annotated during the conversation to leave as a reminder. It really helps drive the information home. I would be interested in seeing the authors put together a similar deck around development topics like TDD/Refactoring patterns for when I teach courses around development practices. If they had one, I'd certainly be a customer of that as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrés C. Quintian - Product Lead on July 30, 2011
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Not only is it a fantastic collection of guidelines, warnings and excercises, but also, of tremendous value for anyone and everyone involved in the software industry for working towards truly being agile.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aviv Ben - Yosef on August 10, 2011
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Since I brought the deck to our office a few months ago, it managed to attract quite a bit of attention. Sometimes we read a card to everyone as part of the daily standup. Sometimes someone just says "we're doing this wrong" and grabs a card to see how we can improve.

These cards are packed with knowledge about almost every topic your team might want to read the basics on. Also, the language is very clear and not too tech-nerdy, making it a fit for our non-technical team members to understand what we're talking about.

To sum, a great bargain and a terrific tool to increase awareness to these matters in your team!
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