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The Agile Developer's Handbook

By : Paul Flewelling
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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)


Mostly, when moving from a waterfall-style delivery to an iterative/incremental delivery style, we struggle with a couple of things:

  • Breaking the work down into small chunks: As a rule of thumb, a full-size Scrum team is aiming to deliver around five User Stories per Sprint. Most will struggle with delivering one in their first iteration.
  • Having the appropriate mechanisms for delivery setup: If coming from a waterfall-style delivery background, most people will be used to work being carried out in separate phases. Unfortunately, we can apply this thinking to Scrum too, expecting development to be done in one sprint, integration and testing to be done in another, and deployment to be done in yet another. This isn't Agile thinking, we should avoid this approach at all cost.

In this chapter we've looked at ways to slice up our product into features that we can...