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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 22

PopcornFlow by Claudio Perrone

Inertia is your enemy.

– Claudio Perrone

We have seen that the teams and the organizations we work in are Sociotechnical Systems that naturally tend to inertia. Let's read the quote from John Gall again and try to understand it better. "In order to remain unchanged, the system must change. Specifically, the changes that must occur are changes in the patterns of changes (or strategies) previously employed to prevent drastic internal change."

What John says here is that inertia it is not absolute. The system actually has changing patterns, but they are naturally, and mostly unconsciously, used to prevent drastic internal change. They are often just effects of decisions taken without the goal of changing.

The concept of PopcornFlow, created by Claudio Perrone exploits these changing patterns, essentially making the collective consciousness of the system aware of them through visualization. This...