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Agile Technical Practices Distilled

By : Pedro M. Santos, Marco Consolaro, Alessandro Di Gioia
Book Image

Agile Technical Practices Distilled

By: Pedro M. Santos, Marco Consolaro, Alessandro Di Gioia

Overview of this book

The number of popular technical practices has grown exponentially in the last few years. Learning the common fundamental software development practices can help you become a better programmer. This book uses the term Agile as a wide umbrella and covers Agile principles and practices, as well as most methodologies associated with it. You’ll begin by discovering how driver-navigator, chess clock, and other techniques used in the pair programming approach introduce discipline while writing code. You’ll then learn to safely change the design of your code using refactoring. While learning these techniques, you’ll also explore various best practices to write efficient tests. The concluding chapters of the book delve deep into the SOLID principles - the five design principles that you can use to make your software more understandable, flexible and maintainable. By the end of the book, you will have discovered new ideas for improving your software design skills, the relationship within your team, and the way your business works.
Table of Contents (31 chapters)
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Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Chapter 21
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Chapter 18

Understand the Business

"The fact is that the system that people work in and the interaction with people may account for 90 or 95 percent of performance."

– William Edwards Deming

In general, one of the most common patterns observed in software developers is that they tend to see software development as a discipline apart—almost disconnected from any other fields of science or business. This view makes them think very passionately, deeply and seriously about it, but the same depth and passion fade out very quickly for other topics that are equally or even more important for the success of the business and the software development itself.

This quote of William Edwards (Bill) Deming reveals a great truth: software development is a team activity. Success and failure is team success or failure. According to him, if the working dynamics of teams aren't good, the relevance of the technical abilities of single developers account...