Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Agile Estimating and Planning

Agile Estimating and Planning (Robert C. Martin Series) [Paperback]
By: Mike Cohn

A lot of books on agile do a lot 'talk the talk' and fall short on 'walk the talk'. This book is rich from practical standpoint and is indispensable for all interested professional especially if you have the hard job of selling agile development to your management.

Mike Kohn, as the author, is simply a master in teaching 'how to' behind whole agile development methodology. He does not take any particular fancy to any one methodology ( be it XP or SCRUM or Crystal) but drives towards an unified view of the principles and delivers practices that can be put to use directly.

Agile does not ignore planning. It is just advocates adaptive planning and execution. Knowing the fact that you can only foresee to the extent, it provides a formula ( literally a math formula to determine your visibility in literal sense) for how often to plan, how to refine, how to setup a release plan, how to engage the team and whole gamut of release management from agile standpoint.

One book that should be read before jumping on agile bandwagon before putting 'pedal to the metal'.

The book is one of the finest books on agile in the world that has been flooded with many books on the subject. This stands out as a real jewel.


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