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  • Posted February 8, 2011


    Are you an analyst, programmer, tester, UX designer, or project manager? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Jonathan Rasmusson, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that gives you the tools to set up and lead your agile project from start to finish. Rasmusson, begins by giving you a very high-level introduction to agile planning. Next, the author takes a close look at what makes the agile team click. He continues by taking a look at a powerful expectation-setting tool called the inception deck. Next, the author shows you and your team how to attain a clear understanding of what the goal of the project is; why you are building it; and, how you will be able to communicate clearly and quickly to others. Then, he shows you how to visualize what the technical solution for your project is going to look like and what it's going to take to deliver. The author continues by getting into the basics of agile planning. Next, he will show you how to estimate your user stories the agile way; as well as, some powerful group estimation techniques for sizing up things. Then, the author will show you how to create plans you can believe in and follow through on commitments you and your team make. He continues by showing you how agile projects get things done through the power of the iteration. Next, the author shows you how a typical iteration works and the various meetings and sync points agile teams use to keep it all moving. Then, he shows you how making a few simple changes to your workspace will enable you to work with even greater clarity and focus. The author continues by looking at one of the greatest time-savers of any software project--automated unit testing. Next, he shows you how refactoring will lower your maintenance costs, give you a common vocabulary for making improvements to the code, and enable you to add new functionality at full speed. Then, the author shows you how test-driven development first aids you as you stare at your blank canvas of code and wonder where it should all begin. Finally, he shows you how to harness the power of continuous integration. This most excellent book gives you the insight and foundation necessary for becoming a valuable agile team member! More importantly, if you read this book from cover to cover, you'll find detailed instructions on how to successfully set up and kick-start your own agile project so clearly, that there won't be any confusion as to what your project is about and what it stands for.

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