Tuesday, November 28

Started Reading Extreme Programming Explained

With all the detailed information about Extreme Programming on Ward Cunningham's WikiWiki and other sources reading Kent Beck's Extreme Programming Explained never seemed urgent. However I decided that it was about time I went to the primary source.

Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change (2nd Edition) (The XP Series)

So far it is quite different from what I have read from other sources (many of which seem to have been based on the first edition). It has a loose style sometimes wandering off topic. However the first sentence grabs your attention. "Extreme Programming is about social change". After more than 10 years experience in the industry I can tell you that it is hard to underestimate the importance of the human factor in software development.

The neglect of this human factor in traditional approaches and the emphasis of it in agile approaches is what attracted me to agile in the first place.

Reviews: BookShelved, WikiWiki

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