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<pre>Author/s : Jim Highsmith
Publisher : Addison-Wesley
Category : Project management, Process and Best Practices
Review by : Johannes de Jong
Rating : 8 horseshoes
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The agile development movement is a potpourri of processes, ideas, methodologies, principles etc. for making better software, which has taken our industry by storm. For someone that starts his investigation / journey in this potpourri, the task must be very daunting. But Jim's book comes to the rescue.
It is the perfect introduction to the Agile movement. He briefly describes 7 major Agile Ecosystems, just enough to let one get an overall feel for it. But he goes further, he interviews the actual "inventors" behind these Ecosystems. These interviews give one some rare and fantastic insight as to the reasoning and ideas of these mover-and-shakers when they decided that the old methodologies had to be replaced with something more suitable.

The book is also full off case studies where the Agile Ecosystems were used. What I find refreshing is that not only the successes were discussed, but also the failures disappointments with the chosen Agile ecosystem.
He ends his book with an section to determine if your company is ready to become an Agile company and to help you design a custom Agile methodology, because that is the main message of this book, you must find an Agile ecosystem that works for your company.
If you aren't into methodology type books, still go and get it for your manager, because it can change your life.


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