Friday, August 15, 2014

The Agile Samurai - Jonathan Rasmusson

How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software 
A very good book to quickly grasp the practical aspects of agile software development.
I really liked the racy and witty style of the author which has been supplemented by very humorous illustration yet  thought provoking illustrations (ala cartoon style).
Author has  shared several success as well as failure stories and anecdotes These  give the readers a very good insight into what working in an agile project will entail.
At the end of every chapter there is a section called "Master Sensei and the Aspiring Warrior". 
This section is in the form of  dialogues where  the Master  acts as a guide and spiritual mentor to  the warrior in his agile journey and draws his attention to important agile principles. Master also shares with the warrior deeper insight and guidance to apply the agile practices.
Book Description (
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. 

Master Sensei and the Aspiring Warrior (a sample dialog)
STUDENT: Master, I am confused. If there are no predefined roles on agile project, how does anything ever get done?
MASTER: That which needs to be done, the team will do.
STUDENT: Yes, Master, but if there is no dedicated role of tester, how can we be sure that enough testing will be done?
MASTER: Testing is something that needs to be done. So, testing is something the team will do. How much testing and in what capacity is up to the team to decide.
STUDENT: What if no one wants to test? What if everyone just wants to sit around and write code?

MASTER: Then you’d best find people who have a passion for testing and make sure they become valued members of your team.
STUDENT: Thank you, Master. I will think about this more. 


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