Clean Agile

Clean Agile : Back to Basics

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Agile Values and Principles for a New Generation
"In the journey to all things Agile, Uncle Bob has been there, done that, and has the both the t-shirt and the scars to show for it. This delightful book is part history, part personal stories, and all wisdom. If you want to understand what Agile is and how it came to be, this is the book for you."
-Grady Booch
"Bob's frustration colors every sentence of Clean Agile, but it's a justified frustration. What is in the world of Agile development is nothing compared to what could be. This book is Bob's perspective on what to focus on to get to that 'what could be.' And he's been there, so it's worth listening."
-Kent Beck
"It's good to read Uncle Bob's take on Agile. Whether just beginning, or a seasoned Agilista, you would do well to read this book. I agree with almost all of it. It's just some of the parts make me realize my own shortcomings, darn it. It made me double-check our code coverage (85.09%)."
-Jon Kern Nearly twenty years after the Agile Manifesto was first presented, the legendary Robert C. Martin ("Uncle Bob") reintroduces Agile values and principles for a new generation-programmers and nonprogrammers alike. Martin, author of Clean Code and other highly influential software development guides, was there at Agile's founding. Now, in Clean Agile: Back to Basics, he strips away misunderstandings and distractions that over the years have made it harder to use Agile than was originally intended.
Martin describes what Agile is in no uncertain terms: a small discipline that helps small teams manage small projects . . . with huge implications because every big project is comprised of many small projects. Drawing on his fifty years' experience with projects of every conceivable type, he shows how Agile can help you bring true professionalism to software development.

Get back to the basics-what Agile is, was, and should always be
Understand the origins, and proper practice, of SCRUM
Master essential business-facing Agile practices, from small releases and acceptance tests to whole-team communication
Explore Agile team members' relationships with each other, and with their product
Rediscover indispensable Agile technical practices: TDD, refactoring, simple design, and pair programming
Understand the central roles values and craftsmanship play in your Agile team's success

If you want Agile's true benefits, there are no shortcuts: You need to do Agile right. Clean Agile: Back to Basics will show you how, whether you're a developer, tester, manager, project manager, or customer.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 180 x 230 x 10mm | 395g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 1. Aufl.
  • 0135781868
  • 9780135781869
  • 42,298

Table of contents

Foreword xv
Preface xvii
Acknowledgments xxi
About the Author xxv

Chapter 1: Introduction to Agile 1
History of Agile 3
Snowbird 10
Agile Overview 14
Circle of Life 31
Conclusion 35

Chapter 2: The Reasons for Agile 37
Professionalism 38
Reasonable Expectations 43
The Bill of Rights 56
Conclusion 61

Chapter 3: Business Practices 63
Planning 64
Small Releases 82
Acceptance Tests 88
Whole Team 93
Conclusion 96

Chapter 4: Team Practices 97
Metaphor 98
Sustainable Pace 100
Collective Ownership 104
Continuous Integration 107
Standup Meetings 110
Conclusion 111

Chapter 5: Technical Practices 113
Test-Driven Development 114
Refactoring 123
Simple Design 125
Pair Programming 127
Conclusion 131

Chapter 6: Becoming Agile 133
Agile Values 134
The Menagerie 136
Transformation 137
Coaching 142
Certification 143
Agile in the Large 144
Agile Tools 148
Coaching-An Alternative View 155
Conclusion (Bob Again) 165

Chapter 7: Craftsmanship 167
The Agile Hangover 169
Expectation Mismatch 170
Moving Apart 172
Software Craftsmanship 173
Ideology versus Methodology 174
Does Software Craftsmanship Have Practices? 175
Focus on the Value, Not the Practice 176
Discussing Practices 177
Craftsmanship Impact on Individuals 178
Craftsmanship Impact on Our Industry 179
Craftsmanship Impact on Companies 180
Craftsmanship and Agile 181
Conclusion 182

Chapter 8: Conclusion 183

Afterword 185

Index 191
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About Robert Martin

Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) has been a programmer since 1970. He is cofounder of, which offers online video training for software developers, and is founder of Uncle Bob Consulting LLC, which offers software consulting, training, and skill development services to major corporations worldwide. Previously, he served as the Master Craftsman at 8th Light Inc., a Chicago-based software consulting firm; for three years as editor-in-chief of the "C++ Report"; and as the first chairperson of the Agile Alliance. Mr. Martin has published dozens of articles in various trade journals and is a regular speaker at international conferences and trade shows. He has written and edited many books, including Clean Code, The Clean Coder, and Clean Architecture (all from Pearson).
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