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Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Being a certified bibliophile and a professional geek, I have more shelf space devoted to books on software methods than any reasonable human should possess. Balancing Agility and Discipline has a prominent place in that section of my library, because it has helped me sort through the noise and smoke of the current method wars. This is an outstanding book on an emotionally ...more
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Published August 11th 2003 by Addison-Wesley Professional (first published August 1st 2003)
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André Heijstek
Feb 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: agile, quality, management
Het boek beschrijft eerst de inhoud van Agile methoden en hun onderliggende principes en aannames en plan-driven methodes zoals CMMI. Vaak staan deze aanpakken (of in ieder geval hun supporters) lijnrecht tegenover elkaar. Deze schrijvers doen dat niet. Ze nemen veel karikaturen weg die ontstaan zijn door halfbakken implementaties van òf Agile (de beroemde Scrumbut's) òf CMMI (de beruchte mindless bureaucracies). Vervolgens wordt aanbevolgen om iedere situatie te analyseren op 4 aspecten: Applic ...more
Christoph Kappel
Oh well - actually this book wasn't what I expected at all. So you can say I am even more perplexed after reading it, than I've been before.

Here we have more a comparison of management techniques for projects, then for any help regarding the real title of the book. Still, it was interesting to read about reasoning when to choose this or that and what agile approach means for bigger companies and about the constraints on people.

Actually I've never heard about the Cockburn Scale before, so I prob
Ronald Perrella
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book but ultimately, I felt it fell flat. It contracts Agility and Discipline when nothing could be further from the truth. The real contrast should have been Agility vs Planning. It is ironic that the our software development methodologies for 30 years (or more!) were based on a planning model resembling soviet 5 year plans than an effective model for incremental change. If you're trying to understand why waterfal failed, this isn't the book to show you. Read Extreme P ...more
Dec 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work, non-fiction
Finally, a book which puts all that agile and waterfall stuff into perspective.
To all you self-righteous evangelists: do your customers a favor and read this first...
Check out Tim Korson at qualsys-solutions.
I appreciated his lecture - with a similar, nuanced message as in the book - at ICSPI 2006.
JC Hewitt
Apr 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
The appendix was the most valuable section of the book.

There were many bewildering charts that added little to my understanding, but it was an excellent introduction to the various software development methodologies and how they can be applied to different organizations and problems.
Apr 04, 2012 added it
Great book in understanding the spectrum of agile and disciplined projects (in my world, FAA-certified software/hardware). It presents the pros & cons of both approaches with respect to project size, schedule, complexity, etc.
Sebastian Schneider
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quite cool, nice comparison between traditional and agile.
Krishna Kumar
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good analysis about the balance between agility and discipline. But, it doesn't provide a clear-cut path to decision-making. ...more
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