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Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams

(The Agile Software Development Series)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The best thinking in the agile development community brought to street-level in the form of implementable strategy and tactics. Essential reading for anyone who shares the passion for creating quality software.--Eric Olafson, CEO TomaxCrystal Clear is beyond agile. This book leads you from software process hell to successful software development by practical examples and u ...more
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Published October 29th 2004 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published October 19th 2004)
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Apr 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: software
Some aspects of this book were totally awesome. I love the basic methodology, the focus on communications, personal safety, reflection workshops, importance of keeping methods lightweight, etc. Unfortunately, the book suffers from a bit too much of trying to be something for everybody. Huge swaths of material were skimmable at best for me. For instance, examples of requirements documents and design diagrams. I've seen thousands of such examples and seeing new ones in this context provides nothin ...more
Sami Poimala
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a book about the idea, that there should not be a methodology for a company - but a methodology for a project!
Depending on the project size and criticality, you should tailor the process that suits exactly that project. Of course, this isn't true on small projects but any project involving more than 10 developers and taking more than - say - 6 months to build, deserves a fit-for-the purpose methodology.

This book will give you ideas for that. Actually 'Clear' in the name means that the pr
Todd Webb
Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Based on evidence gathered from successful small software development teams, Alistair's Crystal Clear describes an Agile methodology framework with great tolerance for a broad set of practices. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to know how small teams can *deliver* software rapidly, frequently, and successfully.
Mark Wheeler
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to me by a former manager and I'm glad I read it. Common sense approach to running individual development teams that doesn't lean on any methodology apart from how people work. I found myself constantly saying outloud, whilst reading the book, "yes, yes ... exactly that makes sense!".
I could and will read this book many times.
André Gomes
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Lot's of good ideas, simple and fast to read, goes directly to the point.

7 Properties:
1. Frequenty Delivery
2. Reflective Improvement
3. Osmotic Communication
4. Personal Safety
5. Focus
6. Easy Access to Expert Users
7. Technical environment with automated tests, configuration management, and frequent integration.
Sep 10, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: software developers
decent methodology, but it always comes down to theory vs. practice, doesn't it!?
Nov 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, technical
My first Agile book, this was a good introduction to the Agile concepts. It drags a little (as technical books do) but the illustrations of the value of Agile are clear and understandable.
James Christensen
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Sadly I think it is a bit outdated. Agile methods are so new (relatively) that a book a few years old can be dated already. :(
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If selly says so...
Coby Randquist
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Read Chapter 9 - if nothing else.
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