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Extreme Programming Refactored: The Case Against XP

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"Extreme Programming Refactored: The Case Against XP" is meant to provide an independent look at Extreme Programming. It is meant to cut through the marketing hype of Extreme Programming and expose a number of weaknesses with this approach to software development. It tries to draw a distinction between true "agility" in a software process and "fragility" inherent in techni ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 14th 2003 by Apress (first published August 5th 2003)
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Steve Whiting
Feb 17, 2016 Steve Whiting rated it liked it
I took an unplanned detour into this one when it was referenced from "Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML - Theory and Practice".

It's a savagely effective demolition of the tenets of eXtreme Programming, from the point of view of an author who is still advocating rapid development, but has not swallowed the perfect world fantasies of the XP zealots.

It's a long way from being a perfect book - the attempts at humour more often than not fall very flat, with the rewritten songs being particul
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greg
Nov 01, 2014 greg rated it liked it
This was a good book. It could have been a great book, though. Its criticisms of XP are generally accurate, if occasionally exaggerated, and the alternatives that it suggests strike a good compromise. If the authors had only done without the name-calling, smug superior attitude, sarcasm, corny jokes, and satirical songs, and stuck to making their point rationally, I would recommend it more. Read it if you want to think about the good and the bad of eXtreme Programming, but save yourself the time ...more
Carl Paukstis
Aug 30, 2010 Carl Paukstis rated it really liked it
A very good and thorough, though-provoking critique. It is not as extreme in its criticism as XP is in its methods. However, I found the sarcasm and ridicule a little over the top.
This book DOES offer alternatives and sensible advice; it is not a denouncement of "Agile methods" in general, only of the over-zealousness of XP advocates.
João Jesus
Oct 17, 2012 João Jesus rated it liked it
quite a childish approach but nonetheless important in order to see the other side of XP
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