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Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide (Agile Software Development Series)

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This is the definitive guide for managers and students to agile and iterative development methods: what they are, how they work, how to implement them, and why they should.

Using statistically significant research and large-scale case studies, noted methods expert Craig Larman presents the most convincing case ever made for iterative development. Larman offers a concise, in
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Paperback, 342 pages
Published August 21st 2003 by Addison-Wesley (first published 2003)
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Rachel
Dec 13, 2007 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: project managers, programmers unfamiliar with Agile Development
Shelves: technology
This was an excellent introduction to Agile and Iterative development. It was direct, to the point, and contained enormous numbers of references to further reading. The chapters consist of introductions, a long chapter presenting evidence for the power of iterative development (can be incredibly useful if you need to convince your boss you're not a kook), and more detailed introductions to Scrum, XP, UP, and Evo. The layout is useful, with the equivalent of hypertext links throughout, and just e ...more
Ram Ramalingam
Dec 10, 2014 Ram Ramalingam rated it really liked it
There are a plethora of books on Agile software development, and its various aspects. This one by Craig Larman probably sums it up best for the typical IT dilettante - its a structured, comprehensive analysis of all the modus operandi of Agile and other iterative processes that espouse agility. Craig has the knack of presenting very complex ideas in a clear framework, leaving it to the reader to peel of the various layers, as the user's experience and wisdom predisposes them to.

In this book, wit
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Russell
Oct 14, 2007 Russell rated it liked it
Larman's book lays down the basic ideas behind Agile and iterative methodologies and then examines 4 major methodologies: XP, Scrum, RUP and Evo. He does it in a way that allows for easy comparisons between the different methodologies, their strengths and weakness.

Throughout the book, he backs up his subject matter with large scale studies and quantitative analysis with cold hard numbers.

If you are getting into Agile or want to know more or already doing agile but want some good data backing you
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Christophe Addinquy
Dec 30, 2012 Christophe Addinquy rated it really liked it
Shelves: agile
OK, this book may look pretty old : 13 years is definitively old in the agile community. Also, this book is clearly process-oriented, an angle I avoid when I face managers for the first time. But Craig Larman is really gifted to explain clearly the concepts, illustrate them and make them engaging to read. Those important qualities make this text still relevant today, even if it would deserve a refresh (none comming).
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Arun
May 22, 2011 Arun rated it really liked it
Provides a very good description about 4 agile/iterative methods: Scrum, XP, UP and Evo. Also talks about how one could be combined with another to an extent finally ending with FAQ section which covers pretty much most of the general questions one might have regarding adopting these methodologies. Good read!
Adam
Aug 13, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: technical, business
This book should be required reading for any project manager or executive interested in adopting agile methods. It lays down the benefits of agile methods over traditional waterfall, backs it up with solid research, and provides answers to the many easily misunderstood attributes of embracing change.
Nicole
Oct 03, 2008 Nicole rated it liked it
I got this book from my old boss when he heard about my new job. It was a pretty good read for the non-developer type. I found the info pretty thorough! IT was interesting enough to keep me from slipping into nap time when reading it after lunch!
Nishanth K
Apr 04, 2013 Nishanth K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: agile
no other explains in short ways the evolution of different software development methodologies and its current state. a must read for any business leader who wants to have a brief understanding about agile values and frameworks that promote it.
Rejeev Divakaran
Jan 27, 2010 Rejeev Divakaran rated it liked it
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Gets an overview of different agile methodologies.
Kathy
Apr 03, 2009 Kathy rated it it was amazing
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For someone new to agile, this book describes several types of agile methodologies and compares them. Good way to get started on the agile learning curve.
Reggie
Jul 22, 2008 Reggie rated it really liked it
This book nailed the basics of iterative development. If you're looking to improve productivity through iterations or other agile methods this is a good place to start.
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 Lori Grant rated it really liked it
A should-read book on product development for knowledge workers and entrepreneurs.
Amy
Aug 25, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it
Great for learning the basics of SCRUM and XP.
Dave Anderson
Apr 30, 2013 Dave Anderson rated it really liked it
This book still holds up. Three companies and four platforms later, the principals are still sound.
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