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The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software (Pragmatic Programmers) Paperback – July 10, 2017
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""This book is very well written. Rasmusson uses an entertaining writing style that makes it pleasant to read from beginning to end. What I like the most is the author experience. The way he presents the topics dealing with role assignation (chapter 2) and reality in agile planning (chapter 8) is simply remarkable.""--Computing Reviews
""The Agile Samurai is the book I wish I'd read before I started my last agile project. The chapters on agile project inception alone are worth the price of admission."" --Joshua Kerievsky, Founder and CEO, Industrial Logic, Inc.
""The Agile Samurai is exactly the book you and your team need to understand and deliver using the agile method. It makes the concepts tactile for everyone from the highest level of leadership to the people pushing forward on the front lines.""""
--Jessica Watson, Business Analyst, Shaw Communications
About the Author
As an experienced entrepreneur and former agile coach for ThoughtWorks, Jonathan Rasmusson has consulted internationally, helping others find better ways to work and play together. When not coaching his sons' hockey teams or cycling to work in the throes of a Canadian winter, Jonathan can be found sharing his experiences with agile delivery methods at his blog, http://agilewarrior.wordpress.com.
- Publisher : Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The; 1st edition (July 10, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 268 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1934356581
- ISBN-13 : 978-1934356586
- Item Weight : 1.27 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.61 x 11 inches
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The author's style of writing is more enjoyable than other books on agile because he presents the material from several angles, provides nice visuals, and writes in a lighthearted manner. The Audible version is great. I liked it so much that I purchased the book. I've re-read it several times.
I'm not a software developer, but I am able to apply the concepts from the first 3/4 of the book to most of my project-related work.
The book consists for 5 parts: 1) Introduction Agile, 2) Project Inception, 3) Project Planning, 4) Project Execution, and 5) Creating Software. Each of these parts cover what you would expect of them. Most major agile techniques are covers, such as chartering, stories, relative estimation, visual management and much more. The descriptions are easy to follow, though I felt at times it was a bit too verbose. (perhaps the attempts of humor? :P)
The first 4 parts focus mostly on the "project management" side of Agile Development. I was a bit surprised by the amount of focus on inception and chartering, but I guess it is useful from the typical outsourced project perspective (which is what the author seems most familiar with). Only the last part focuses a bit on the agile development practices as it briefly introduces unit testing, refactoring, and test-driven development.
All in all, the Agile Samurai is a decent introduction to Agile Project Management. It is a good first book on Agile development... but probably not a good second book as it doesn't go very deep in the subjects. There were times that I felt the author could have done a better job though. One example is his role description of the roles in a team.... after explaining that in Agile teams there are no real roles. I felt this was a very mixed message and the author could have been a lot clearer on this and how the teams work. There were other examples, but this one stands out. Therefore, I'll go for 3 stars (almost 4).
The style is very casual and reflects the Agile culture. The real take-away is the Inception Deck as originally developed within ThoughtWorks (note: yes, I have worked for them too). Many Agile (Scrum) projects kick-off without asking these 10 tough questions and are forced to fix more misunderstandings down the track.
One reviewer refers to this book as "Starter course for agile managers" and indeed the material is lightweight and simple to read. However in real-life this is very hard to master. The simplicity of the book therefore reminds me to stick to the basics when handling the day-to-day complexity.
Wherever you are on the agile spectrum, picking this up and giving it a read is going to be worthwhile. You may not agree with everything or be able to put it all into practice, but if you pay attention to what the author is getting at, you will have to think about how and why you do what you do the way you do.