"Agile Software Development In The Large is a guide especially
for career professional computer software developers seeking to adapt their code
and techniques to the revolutions that agile, or "lightweight" processes have
brought to the software development industry. . . . An in-depth resource written
by an experienced field professional, Agile Software Development In The Large
is an absolute must-have for any expert striving to keep current and improve."
am crazy about this book. I think it's the best, most readable and understandable
explanation I've read about using Agile software development approaches. Its message
is accessible to both technical and non-technical readers. The practices are described
in a way that works, whether in large, scaled-up environments or small, intimate
ones. Since it became available, I have been telling my non-Agile and toe-in-the-Agile-water
clients and colleagues about it every chance I get."
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". . . Now, in software development, we encounter enormous projects that
call for people in the tens and sometimes hundreds. These hundreds are not factory
workers repeating endlessly a small number of operations. They are creative contributors
on a scale with which we have little experience.
"Jutta Eckstein has
pulled together this experience, most of it recent and much of it drawn from the
Agile movement. Indeed, she has this experience herself. The Agile trademarkslike
having everybody in one room, with a representative of the client in the cornerdo
not seamlessly translate to projects with 100-plus developers in scattered locations.
. . .
"Those currently faced with the problem of development in the
large will find this book a good place to begin."
Coauthor of Five Core Metrics
"The major strengths of this book are the topic areaof growing importance
to both practitioners and educators worldwideand the down-to-earth, pragmatic
tone in the writing.
"Other XP books address small projects in idealized,
greenfield environments: This book is the first I am aware of addressing large
projects within more traditional environments."
Victoria University of Wellington
Co-author of Small Memory
"Jutta is a highly regarded professional whom I
know personally and professionally . . . She is what I regard as a thought leader
in agile processes and patterns. As such, she has a lot to say and the industry
will be the better for her guidance and advice."
Founder and director, Agile Alliance
Co-developer of the Scrum agile process
book needs to be read by testers for a "reality check" on the realized
gains of the promotion of testing as both an art and a science as well as how
much of our journey still remains. This journey is the continued effort to educate
our project teams, our management and our organizations that testing isn't confined
to the end of the project or even the end of the creation of a component."
". . . Eckstein provides a
wealth of best practices and experiences from a variety of 'large' Agile teams.
While the book was published in 2004, many companies are just beginning to address
the issues she raises and her messages are more valid than ever. What I like most
about this book is its balance: it provides strategies for communication, team
building and trust, architecture and cultural change, as well as advice on scaling
Agile development practices. And, she writes in the context of a traditional company,
structured by departments and burdened by organizational silos and regulatory
"Overall, this is an extremely pragmatic book. The 'people'
issues are particularly relevant and, as we all know, they are the toughest to
tackle. And while the point of the book is to help large Agile teams, companies
running smaller teams should also take notice. At the end of the day, most companies'
software portfolios evolve from a series of smaller initiatives."