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Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great!

See how to mine the experience of your software development team continually throughout the life of the project. The tools and recipes in this book will help you uncover and solve hidden (and not-so-hidden) problems with your technology, your methodology, and those difficult “people issues” on your team.

Professional Refactoring in Visual Basic

by Danijel Arsenovski. Visual Basic programmers are often considered pariah of programming community and have become synonym for quickly delivered but poorly written code. With this book, Arsenovski embarks on a monumental task of bringing this “lost tribe” back to the mainstream and even forefront of programming community. An excellent source for any .NET team that wishes to embark on agile path.

Scrum and XP from the Trenches

by Henrik Kniberg. This book provides a detailed, down-to-earth account of how one Swedish company implemented Scrum and XP with a team of approximately 40 people, and how they continuously improved their process over a year’s time.

Changing Software Development: Learning to be Agile

By Allan Kelly. Explains why software development is an exercise in change management and organizational intelligence. An underlying belief is that change is learning and learning creates knowledge. By blending the theory of knowledge management, developers and managers will gain the tools to enhance learning and change to accommodate new innovative approaches such as agile and lean computing.

Métodos Ágiles

by Sebastian Priolo This book is an introduction to every agile methods. It is focused primarily on students and teachers, however it was used in different organizations and IT enterprises. The main subjects are Scrum and XP Programming.

Agile Coaching

by Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley. Discover how to coach your team to become more Agile. Agile Coaching de-mystifies agile practices—it’s a practical guide to creating strong agile teams. Packed with useful tips from practicing agile coaches Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley, this book gives you coaching tools that you can apply whether you are a project manager, a technical lead, or working in a software team.

Java Power Tools

by John Ferguson Smart. All true craftsmen need the best tools to do their finest work, and programmers are no different. Java Power Tools delivers 30 open source tools designed to improve the development practices of Java developers in any size team or organization. Each chapter includes a series of short articles about one particular tool – whether it’s for build systems, version control, or other aspects of the development process – giving you the equivalent of 30 short reference books in one package.

Bridging the Communication Gap

by Gojko Adzic. Bridging the Communication Gap is a book about improving communication between customers, business analysts, developers and testers on software projects, especially by using specification by example and agile acceptance testing. These two key emerging software development practices can significantly improve the chances of success of a software project.

xUnit Test Patterns: Refactoring Test Code

by Gerard Meszaros. Automated testing is a cornerstone of agile development. An effective testing strategy will deliver new functionality more aggressively, accelerate user feedback, and improve quality. However, for many developers, creating effective automated tests is a unique and unfamiliar challenge.

Fearless Change: Patterns for introducing new ideas

by Mary Lynn Manns & Linda Rising. The spark for a new idea in an organization most often begins with one or more individuals who has heard about or used the innovation and is intrigued over the potential. It then becomes their task to enlighten the rest of the organization. This can be an easier undertaking if one has an understanding of the problems that may be encountered along the way and what can be done to address these problems. This book captures recurring problems and the corresponding successful solutions for introducing new ideas into organizations—we document these in a form of knowledge management known as patterns.