Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Good book on Agile development

This book is a few years old, but I just got around to reading it. Practices of an Agile Developer by Andy Hunt and Venkat Subramaniam is a good, practical introduction to the daily activities and approaches software developer's can adopt to become more "agile". A good bit of the items mentioned are not even necessarily only applicable to agile development. Quite a few of the agile books I have read stick to a good deal of rhetoric and little in practical implementation. This book is part of the "Pragmatic Programmers" series and does a good job of cutting thru the theoretical hype and giving some solid advice. It was a very easy read because of the way the book is laid out. Each major section has small sub sections that tackle one specific idea in about 3 to 5 pages. It was easy to sit down for five minutes and digest one facet from the book. The book does have an angel and devil motif that is a bit cheezy, but even this provided some practical context for each section. The Nashville Agile User Group has this book as a staple in their meeting prizes (that is where I got mine). I give it a thumbs up and suggest it as an easy read with some practical advice on how to become a more agile developer.

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