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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
An accessible, innovative perspective on using the flexibility of agile
practices to increase software quality and profitability
When agile approaches in your organization don't work as expected or you feel
caught in the choice between agility and discipline, it is time to stop and
think about software development rhythms!
Agile software development is a popular development process that continues to
reshape philosophies on the connections between disciplined processes and agile
practices. In Software Development Rhythms, authors Lui and Chan explain how
adopting one practice and combining it with another builds upon the flexibility
of agile practices to create a type of "synergy" defined as software
development rhythms. The authors demonstrate how these rhythms can be
harmonized to achieve synergies, making them stronger together than they would
be apart. Software Development Rhythms provides programmers with a powerful
metaphor for resolving some classic software management controversies and
dealing with some common difficulties in agile software management.
Software Development Rhythms is divided into two parts and covers:
Essentials — provides an introduction to software development rhythms;
explores the programmer's unconscious mind at work on software methodology;
discusses the characteristics of the iterative cycle and open source software
development; and introduces the topic of agile values and agile practices
Rhythms — compares plagiarism programming with cut-paste programming; provides
an in-depth discussion of different ways to approach collaborative programming;
demonstrates how to combine and harmonize these practices so they can be
applied to common software management problems such as motivating programmers,
discovering solution patterns, managing software teams, and rescuing troubled
IT projects; and takes a comprehensive look at Scrum, CMMI, Just-In-Time, Lean
Software Development, and Test-Driven Development from a software development
Abundantly illustrated with informative graphics and amusing cartoons,
Software Development Rhythms is a comprehensive and thought-provoking
introduction to some of the most advanced concepts in current software
management. Written in a refreshingly easy-to-read style and filled with
interesting anecdotes, simulation exercises, and case studies, Software
Development Rhythms is suitable for the practitioner and graduate student
alike. It offers readers practical guidance on how to take the themes and
concepts presented in this book back to their own projects to harmonize their
software practices and release the synergies of their own teams.