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Agile Technical Practices Distilled

By : Pedro M. Santos, Marco Consolaro, Alessandro Di Gioia
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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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Systems Thinking and Sociotechnical Organizations

We are almost at the end of our journey, and at this point, the attentive reader might have noticed a few patterns. The occurrences of concepts such as feedback loops, communication, independence, value, entropy, whole, and effectiveness are not a coincidence. All the subjects of this book have been viewed through the lens of Systems Thinking, hence the reason for focusing on these concepts.

Systems thinking, as "the capability to identify and understand systems, predicting their behavior and devising modifications to them in order to produce desired effects," gives an outstanding advantage, not only to understand the deep reasons behind the principles for writing good software, but also to understand the systemic problems arising in organizations. This is because Systems Thinking offers a generic set of principles applicable to every kind of system.


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