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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)

Building the thing right versus building the right thing

The practices that we use are often known as "the intangibles" of software delivery because from an outsider's point of view, they aren't visible as part of the features we deliver but they have the potential to help us build a much better product.

"Building the thing right" means a focus on crafting our software.

"Building the right thing" means focusing on getting good outcomes for the customer.

Unfortunately, sometimes the bias can be towards the latter, the pressure to deliver often being greater than the desire for quality.

Poor quality manifests itself in a few ways: poor performance (slow), doesn't work as expected, takes forever for the team to make requested enhancements, and so on. As a customer, this may only be something that you become aware of after being on the...