- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (September 7, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934356433
- ISBN-13: 978-1934356432
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Rachel Davies provides expert coaching to teams in Agile software development techniques, such as Test-Driven Development and planning with User Stories. She has been working with Agile teams using XP and Scrum since 2000. Rachel is internationally recognized in the agile community, a frequent presenter at industry conferences worldwide, and a director of Agile Alliance.
Liz Sedley is an Agile Coach and .Net Developer working in London, UK. She has fifteen years industry experience, mostly as a C++ / C# developer. Liz has spent the last four years enabling companies to be more Agile.
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This book is a model of concise, clear writing. It's packed with information in the form of narrative, bullet points, graphics, photos, stories of real teams and projects, exercises, tips and examples. The authors have been walking their talk for a long time, so you can feel confident about following their advice. Their flair for language makes the book fun to read. It could be a quick read, except you'll find yourself stopping to reflect on your own experiences, and thinking about how you could apply the technique you just read about on your own team. Each chapter includes hurdles you may face, and a checklist summarizing action items for you, the reader.
I particularly enjoyed the little vignettes with dialog from a typical team illustrating topics such as "Not Quite Done Yet" and "Getting Ready to Demo". The authors have insight into all aspects of coding, testing, and managing software teams. You'll find advice you might not expect in a software-related book, such as "Be kind to yourself". The focus on people and teams will make you a better person and team member.
Then after a few weeks I decided to give it a read.
If you are starting out as an agile coach this book is a must read! I could relate to nearly everything they had to say. The book is an easy read, it isn't to long but covers a lot of topics at a high level with practical advice.
Thank you ladies!
Agile Coaching is an absolutely __amazing__ book. If you're reading these reviews trying to determine whether or not you should purchase this book, I'll tell you now: BUY IT IMMEDIATELY!
This book should be read by every developer even vaguely familiar with the word 'agile'. It contains practical advice and implementation strategies for making agile work for you, __really__ work for you.
Now, onto the actual review!
The book is broken up in various chapters, which should ideally be read from start -> finish to fully absorb all the topic material. The book is relatively short (just over 200 pages), so it can be read in a couple days.
- Starting the Journey
- Working with People
- Leading Change
- Building an Agile Team
Planning as a Team
- Daily Standup
- Understanding What to Build
- Planning Ahead
- Keeping it Visible
Caring about Quality
- Getting to "Done"
- Driving Development with Tests
- Clean Code
Listening to Feedback
- Demonstrating Results
- Driving Change with Retrospectives
- Growing You
The chapters are direct, and contain personal stories of the two authors that describe various real-world scenarios they've ran into regarding the subject.
Each section has a 'Hurdles' part at the end, which describes various hurdles you may need to overcome and how to do so. There's also a 'Checklist' part at the end of each section which contains a list of things to do to ensure that agile is being properly implemented and working as expected. These lists are great resources for quickly flipping back from time to time.
What I really like about this book is its extreme usefulness. I'm currently in the process of converting a non-agile development team (of which I'm the lead developer) to a more agile group, and it is a hard task. Reading this book has clarified lots of difficult questions I've had for a while, and made the entire process much more transparent.
Reading through this book gives you not only a great introduction to agile (in-depth), but also leaves you with real advice for making it work for you. The book is short and fun to read, and will help you grow as a developer (and person).
In short: if you're a passionate coder, you **need** to read this book. It's awesome.
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