“In this second edition ofExtreme Programming Explained,Kent Beck organizes and presents five years’ worth of experiences, growth, and change revolving around XP. If you are seriously interested in understanding how you and your team can start down the path of improvement with XP, you must read this book.”
—Francesco Cirillo,Chief Executive Officer, XPLabs S.R.L.
“The first edition of this book told us what XP was—it changed the way many of us think about software development. This second edition takes it farther and gives us a lot more of the ‘why’ of XP, the motivations and the principles behind the practices. This is great stuff. Armed with the ‘what’ and the ‘why,’ we can now all set out to confidently work on the ‘how’: how to run our projects better, and how to get agile techniques adopted in our organizations.”
—Dave Thomas,The Pragmatic Programmers LLC
“This book is dynamite! It was revolutionary when it first appeared a few years ago, and this new edition is equally profound. For those who insist on cookbook checklists, there’s an excellent chapter on ‘primary practices,’ but I urge you to begin by truly contemplating the meaning of the opening sentence in the first chapter of Kent Beck’s book: ‘XP is about social change.’ You should do whatever it takes to ensure that every IT professional and every IT manager—all the way up to the CIO—has a copy ofExtreme Programming Explainedon his or her desk.”
—Ed Yourdon,author and consultant
“XP is a powerful set of concepts for simplifying the process of software design, development, and testing. It is about minimalism and incrementalism, which are especially useful principles when tackling complex problems that require a balance of creativity and discipline.”
—Michael A. Cusumano,Professor, MIT Sloan School of Management, and author ofThe Business of Software
“Extreme Programming Explainedis the work of a talented and passionate craftsman. Kent Beck has brought together a compelling collection of ideas about programming and management that deserves your full attention. My only beef is that our profession has gotten to a point where such common-sense ideas are labeled ‘extreme.’...”
—Lou Mazzucchelli,Fellow, Cutter Business Technology Council
“If your organization is ready for a change in the way it develops software, there’s the slow incremental approach, fixing things one by one, or the fast track, jumping feet first into Extreme Programming. Do not be frightened by the name, it is not that extreme at all. It is mostly good old recipes and common sense, nicely integrated together, getting rid of all the fat that has accumulated over the years.”
—Philippe Kruchten,UBC, Vancouver, British Columbia
“Sometimes revolutionaries get left behind as the movement they started takes on a life of its own. In this book, Kent Beck shows that he remains ahead of the curve, leading XP to its next level. Incorporating five years of feedback, this book takes a fresh look at what it takes to develop better software in less time and for less money. There are no silver bullets here, just a set of practical principles that, when used wisely, can lead to dramatic improvements in software development productivity.”
—Mary Poppendieck,author ofLean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit
“Kent Beck has revised his classic book based on five more years of applying and teaching XP. He shows how the path to XP is both easy and hard: It can be started with fewer practices, and yet it challenges teams to go farther than ever.”
—William Wake,independent consultant
“With new insights, wisdom from experience, and clearer explanations of the art of Extreme Programming, this edition of Beck’s classic will help many realize the dream of outstanding software development.”
—Joshua Kerievsky,author ofRefactoring to Patternsand Founder, Industrial Logic, Inc.
“XP has changed the way our industry thinks about software development. Its brilliant simplicity, focused execution, and insistence on fact-based planning over speculation have set a new standard for software delivery.”
—David Trowbridge,Architect, Microsoft Corporation
Accountability. Transparency. Responsibility. These are not words that are often applied to software development.
In this completely revised introduction to Extreme Programming (XP), Kent Beck describes how to improve your software development by integrating these highly desirable concepts into your daily development process.
The first edition ofExtreme Programming Explainedis a classic. It won awards for its then-radical ideas for improving small-team development, such as having developers write automated tests for their own code and having the whole team plan weekly. Much has changed in five years. This completely rewritten second edition expands the scope of XP to teams of any size by suggesting a program of continuous improvement based on:
Whether you have a small team that is already closely aligned with your customers or a large team in a gigantic or multinational organization, you will find in these pages a wealth of ideas to challenge, inspire, and encourage you and your team members to substantially improve your software development.
You will discover how to:
You will also find many other concrete ideas for improvement, all based on a philosophy that emphasizes simultaneously increasing the humanity and effectiveness of software development.
Every team can improve. Every team can begin improving today. Improvement is possible—beyond what we can currently imagine.Extreme Programming Explained, Second Edition,offers ideas to fuel your improvement for years to come.
Kent Beck consistently challenges software engineering dogma, promoting ideas like patterns, test-driven development, and Extreme Programming. Currently affiliated with Three Rivers Institute and Agitar Software, he is the author of many Addison-Wesley titles.
Cynthia Andres holds a B.S. in psychology with advanced work in organizational behavior, decision analysis, and women’s studies. She has worked with Kent on the social aspects of Extreme Programming since its inception. She is also affiliated with Three Rivers Institute.
I have read many software development books, but there are only a handful that had such an impact on my life that they fundamentally made me look at software development... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Pearl
Fantastic sequel to the first edition. If you liked that one, you'll like this one too. This book offers derivation of XP concepts, relating to different principles and values.Published 5 months ago by David Kisluk
I bought this book to help with my study for the PMI-ACP certification exam. Part of the recommendations suggests that you understand Extreme Programming inside and out and how it... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Reenee
Well-written. Inspiring. If you only read one book on XP, let this be the one. Internalize the values, and apply the principles.Published 11 months ago by Paul French
I have read both of Kent Becks books on XP , and this one does an outstanding job giving you concrete ways to implement key concepts. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Glenn Witerski
Kent Beck sets the core perspective for Agile software development and its principles. An excellently written book and a paradigm shift in software development. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Salvatore Saieva
This is the book that started Agile. It's worth reading. The principles and practices are still darn good. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Aretae
This is a beautiful book about how we can become better men and by doing so improve our working team and organization. Read morePublished on May 12, 2012 by nesdavid