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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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Silos and Value Streams

An alternative word for department is silo, to use a common metaphor. Brandolini says that “Silos do excel in one thing: they minimize the amount of learning needed for newcomers,” or, expressed in the reverse way, they “Maximize the overall ignorance within an organization.” Every organization is made up of silos to some extent, degrading its effectiveness, eroding its margins, or – in the worst cases – dooming it to fail. “The really nasty trait of silos is their asymmetry; they’re easy to establish, and really hard to remove.”


All the quotes in this appendix are from Alberto Brandolini’s book. Alberto Brandolini is an entrepreneur, consultant, developer, teacher, public speaker, and author. He has been coding since 1982, and his skillset encompasses topics such as Agile, Domain-Driven Design, Lean, Complexity, Management 3.0, and “everything needed in order to solve the...