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The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software


Software projects never go as planned; that’s just a fact of the messy reality of life. But you can deal with that fact (and many more) by becoming a fierce software-delivery professional, capable of dispatching the most dire of software projects and the toughest delivery schedules with ease and grace. You can become an Agile Samurai.

In The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software (Pragmatic Bookshelf, 34.95) agile expert Jonathan Rasmusson shows you how to kick-start, execute, and deliver your agile projects with the finesse of a master.

By learning the ways of the agile samurai, you’ll be ready to kick some software project butt. In this book, you will discover:

  • how to create plans and schedules your customer and your team can believe in
  • what characteristics make a good agile team and how to form your own
  • how to gather requirements in a fraction of the time using agile user stories
  • what to do when you discover your schedule is wrong, and how to look like a pro correcting it
  • how to execute fiercely by leveraging the power of agile software engineering practices

By the end of this book you will know everything you need to set up, execute, and successfully deliver agile projects, and have fun along the way.

Filled with light-hearted illustrations, The Agile Samurai slices away the padding and esoteric theory that make other books less-than-agile. It’s packed with best practices, war stories, plenty of humor and hands-on tutorial exercises that will get you doing the right things, the right way.

If you’re a project lead, this book gives you the tools to set up and lead your agile project from start to finish. If you are an analyst, programmer, tester, usability designer, or project manager, this book gives you the insight and foundation necessary to become a valuable agile team member.

This book will help you make a difference.

Video Extra

See an over-the-top video by the author explaining the book (steak knives not included):

About the Author

As an experienced entrepreneur and former agile coach for ThoughtWorks, Jonathan Rasmusson has consulted internationally, helping others find better ways to work and play together. When not coaching his sons’ hockey teams or cycling to work in the throes of a Canadian winter, Jonathan can be found sharing his experiences with agile delivery methods at his blog,

What People Are Saying

“Jonathan Rasmusson has written a book for today that captures the excitement and value of what agile software development meant to us at the time of the Agile Manifesto. Look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master.”—Ron Jeffries, Coauthor, the Agile Manifesto,

“I love books by practitioners who have their hands thoroughly dirty. Jonathan has years of real-world experience with agile, and his book is filled with valuable knowledge. If you’re new to agile or want to improve your practice of it, you’d do well to learn from this book.”—Joshua Kerievsky, Founder and CEO, Industrial Logic, Inc

“The Agile Samurai is the book I wish I’d read before I started my last agile project.”—Michael J. Sikorsky, CEO, Robots & Pencils, Inc.

Book Information

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The Agile Samurai

How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software

by Jonathan Rasmusson

ISBN: 9781934356586, 264 pages, $34.95US, $43.95CA, 7.5×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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