The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software

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Faced with a software project of epic proportions? Tired of over-committing and under-delivering? Enter the dojo of the agile samurai, where agile expert Jonathan Rasmusson shows you how to kick-start, execute, and deliver your agile projects. Combining cutting-edge tools with classic agile practices, The Agile Samurai gives you everything you need to deliver something of value every week and make rolling your software ...

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Overview

Printed in full color.

Faced with a software project of epic proportions? Tired of over-committing and under-delivering? Enter the dojo of the agile samurai, where agile expert Jonathan Rasmusson shows you how to kick-start, execute, and deliver your agile projects. Combining cutting-edge tools with classic agile practices, The Agile Samurai gives you everything you need to deliver something of value every week and make rolling your software into production a non-event.

Get ready to kick some software project butt. By learning the ways of the agile samurai you will discover:

how to create plans and schedules your customer and your team can believe in
what characteristics make a good agile team and how to form your own
how to gather requirements in a fraction of the time using agile user stories
what to do when you discover your schedule is wrong, and how to look like a pro correcting it
* how to execute fiercely by leveraging the power of agile software engineering practices
By the end of this book you will know everything you need to set up, execute, and successfully deliver agile projects, and have fun along the way. If you're a project lead, this book gives you the tools to set up and lead your agile project from start to finish. If you are an analyst, programmer, tester, usability designer, or project manager, this book gives you the insight and foundation necessary to become a valuable agile team member.

The Agile Samurai slices away the fluff and theory that make other books less-than-agile. It's packed with best practices, war stories, plenty of humor and hands-on tutorial exercises that will get you doing the right things, the right way.

This book will make a difference.

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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

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934356586
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Programmers, LLC, The
  • Publication date: 9/25/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 659,098
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    HOW AGILE ARE YOU??

    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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