Agile reading list: essential books

agile reading list

This is my list of essential Agile books, sorted into categories. I’ve read and would recommend all of these. I’ve separated them into General, Process, People, and Technology. General Agile Software Development with Scrum by Ken Schwaber and Mike Beedle This is the book that started it all. Written by the two guys who started it […]

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Outcomes not outputs

outcomes not outputs

One of the key takeaways I got from reading the excellent book Lean Enterprise is the idea that you should focus on outcomes not outputs. This is a powerful idea for strong agile teams, and ties in well with the Agile Manifesto. If you understand this concept, you can make a lot of the annoying […]

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Common barriers to agile adoption

barriers to agile adoption

A lot of organizations are trying to “go Agile”. That sounds great, but they often fail. Sometimes they get part of the way there, sometimes they got most of the way and achieve some benefits, but then struggle. Sometimes they fall in a heap and don’t get anywhere. Often they just end up doing “cargo […]

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Alternatives to Scrum

alternatives to scrum

I’ve talked a lot about Scrum on this blog recently. Scrum has some strengths and some weaknesses. You need to know about those to understand it and use it properly. I think Scrum is a good tool and a great start for people new to Agile. But you might be interested in alternatives to scrum. […]

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The strengths of Scrum

scrum agile strengths

OK so you might think after the last post, that I’m against Scrum and I think it’s worthless. Not true at all. I use it a lot and have a lot of respect for it. There are definitely some strengths of scrum for software development. I just think it’s worth being aware of its weaknesses. To […]

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The problems with Scrum

scrum agile problems

You might be wondering why everyone talks about Scrum so much. Often when I write about Agile on this blog, I’m pretty much talking about Scrum. It is the most widely used and known methodology for Agile software development in the world. Remember, Agile is not a methodology, it is a set of values and principles. […]

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Agile is technology agnostic

agile technology agnostic

Have you wondered what type of languages or technologies you should use when doing Agile software development? This article will help clear that up. The answer is a lot simpler than you might think! It turns out that in fact, agile is technology agnostic. What language / design approach is best for agile? I’ve seen some […]

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Deploy is not the same as release

software deploy

A lot of people think it’s risky to deploy software. Some of these people lose sleep over deploying software. A lot of people have jobs based around deploying software, and for them others they work with, it is a big deal. It involves a lot of something people call “technical risk management”. That’s just a […]

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When to use Agile vs Waterfall

waterfall agile

If you read this blog, you probably think that I really love Agile, and really hate Waterfall. Well, that’s not true. I think Agile (when done well, which it often isn’t) is a good methodology for some contexts. More specifically, agile is a good methodology for building software under conditions of uncertainty. If you are not […]

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The difference between Agile and DevOps

agile devops

DevOps is one of the hot topics at the moment, and is well on its way up the hype cycle curve. Some are even saying it replaces agile, thus spelling the end of agile software development. That isn’t true, though if you’re interested in agile, you should start learning about DevOps. Why? Because although it […]

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