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The Agile Developer's Handbook

By : Paul Flewelling
Book Image

The Agile Developer's Handbook

By: Paul Flewelling

Overview of this book

This book will help you overcome the common challenges you’ll face when transforming your working practices from waterfall to Agile. Each chapter builds on the last, starting with easy-to-grasp ways to get going with Agile. Next you’ll see how to choose the right Agile framework for your organization. Moving on, you’ll implement systematic product delivery and measure and report progress with visualization. Then you’ll learn how to create high performing teams, develop people in Agile, manage in Agile, and perform distributed Agile and collaborative governance. At the end of the book, you’ll discover how Agile will help your company progressively deliver software to customers, increase customer satisfaction, and improve the level of efficiency in software development teams.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)


In this chapter, we looked at two delivery styles, delivery as a software product and delivery as a software project.

We learned that delivery as a software project was hard to get right for multiple reasons. And giving our team only one shot at delivery gave them little or no chance of fine-tuning their approach. In a novel situation, with varying degrees of uncertainty, this could lead to a fair amount of stress.

There is a better chance of succeeding if we reduce the variability. This includes knowledge of the domain, the technology, and of each of our team members' capabilities. So, it is desirable to keep our project teams together as they move from project to project.

What we learned was that when a long-lived team works on a product, they have the opportunity to deliver incrementally. If we deliver in smaller chunks, we're more likely to meet expectations successfully. Plus, teams that work on products are long-lived and have multiple opportunities to fine-tune their delivery approach.

Those who build software, understand well the complex nature of the work we do and the degree of variability that complexity introduces. Embrace that, and we'll learn to love the new control we can gain from focusing on incremental value delivery in an adaptive system.

In the next chapter, will look at the different Agile methods for software delivery and delve into the mechanics of three of them in particular. See you there.