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Agile in a Flash (Cards!)

January 19, 2011

And now, for something completely different: it’s not a book. It’s a deck of cards. A concise summary on the front, detail on the back. Agile through and through. Now available in print to toss around the office from

We’ve got two Rails Pragmatic Studios and one iPhone studio coming up in March 2011 and have a few spaces left; see below for details.

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Agile in a Flash: Speed-Learning Agile Software Development

Agile in a Flash cards teach leadership, teamwork, clean programming, agile approaches to problem solving, and tips for coaching agile teams. Use the cards for learning, as ice breakers for conversations, as constant reminders, and as a potent source of useful tips and hard-won wisdom. Agile in a Flash cards are:

  • Bite-sized! Read one practice or aspect at a time in just a couple of minutes.
  • Smart! Each card has years of practical, real-world experience behind it.
  • Portable! Cards fit easily in your pocket or backpack.

The Agile in a Flash deck is broken into four sections: agile concepts, planning, teamwork, and coding. The front of each card features a concise list of the concepts you need to know and remember. The back provides further detail, with sage nuggets of knowledge based on the authors’ two decades of experience coaching and doing agile-style projects.

These cards are an indispensable tool for any agile team, and a must-have for every agile coach or Scrum Master.

Don’t be afraid to wear them out—they’re priced so you can get a set for everyone and replace them if you need to. Tape the cards to your wall, stick them on your monitor, quiz your peers, and get agile fast.

Praise for Agile in Flash

“I have only one major issue with your cards, which is that I didn’t think of them and do them first. That wouldn’t be so bad if you were screwing them up, but unfortunately they’re great.” —Ron Jeffries, Coauthor, The Agile Manifesto,

Agile in a Flash is the only place to find a concise summary of all things agile. I recommend my customers buy it for all their programmers.” —Mike Cohn, Author of Succeeding with Agile, Agile Estimating and Planning, and User Stories Applied


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Pragmatic Studios in March 2011: Sign up now & Save

The Pragmatic Studio is offering three Studios in March to help you take your skills up a notch. Register by February 1 and you’ll save at least $300.

  • The iPhone Programming Studio will be held in Santa Clara, CA on March 7-10, 2011. You’ll come away from this 4-day course ready to create your first iPhone/iPad app or improve your existing app. By focusing exclusively on iPhone/iPad development for four days with expert instructions, you’ll save yourself both development time and frustration! This course is taught by Daniel Steinberg and Matt Drance. Details available at
  • Our newest course, Ruby on Rails II: Real-World Techniques will also be held in Santa Clara, CA on March 7-10, 2011. If you’ve written a Rails app, but you’re bumping into issues as you try to add more “advanced” features you’ve seen in real-world apps, then this is the course for you. If you suspect there may be better, more efficient ways of doing things in general, you’ll learn our best practices for designing and developing Rails apps. Learn directly from both Dave Thomas and Chad Fowler. Details available at
  • Our flagship Ruby on Rails Studio will be held in Reston, VA on March 29-31, 2011. You’ll come away from this 3-day course with the fundamental skills and hands-on experience necessary to build your own Rails apps: from idea to deployment. This course has been redesigned to take advantage of the latest features of Rails 3. It’s taught by Dave Thomas and Chad Fowler. Details available at

If it’s time to add some new skills to your portfolio, we can make it a fun and rewarding experience in the Studio. Make 2011 your most productive year yet!

Coming Soon:

  • Using JRuby: Bringing Ruby to Java in print
  • Continuous Testing with Ruby: Better Software Through Faster Feedback in print
  • Rails Test Prescriptions: Keeping Your Application Healthy in print
  • Test-Driven Development for Embedded C in print
  • Code in the Cloud: Programming Google AppEngine in print

Recently Released:

  • Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide [in print]
  • HTML5 and CSS3: Develop with Tomorrow’s Standards Today [in print]
  • Crafting Rails Applications: Expert Practices for Everyday Rails Development [in beta]
  • The RSpec Book: Behaviour-Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends [in print]
  • Thanks for your continued support,

    Dave & Andy

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