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Practices of an Agile Developer


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Practices of an Agile Developer


Want to be a better developer? This book collects the personal habits, ideas, and approaches of successful agile software developers and presents them in a series of short, easy-to-digest tips.

You’ll learn how to improve your software development process,
see what real agile practices feel like, avoid the common temptations that kill projects, and
keep agile practices in balance.

Customer Reviews

The perfect sequel to The Pragmatic Programmer!

- Bil Kleb

Research Scientist, NASA

I was familiar with some of the practices mentioned since I own other books from The Pragmatic Bookshelf, but this book brings a lot of those ideas together and presents them in an clear, concise, organized, format. I would highly recommend this book to a new developer or to a development team that wanted to get “agile.”

- Scott Splavec

Senior Software Engineer

This book helps you understand what you are missing, or what you can do better. Practices of an Agile Developer makes it easy to become agile, or get even better at it.

- Steffen Gemkow

Managing Director, ObjectFab GmbH

The “What it Feels Like” sections are just gold—it’s one thing to tell someone to do this, it’s quite another to put it into practice and know you’re doing it right.

- Nathaniel T. Schutta

Co-author, Foundations of Ajax

When I started reading Practices of an Agile Developer, I kept thinking “Wow, a lot of developers need this book.” It did not take long to realize that I needed this book. I highly recommend it to developers of all experience levels.

- Guerry A. Semones

Senior Software Engineer, Appistry

I have read this book several times and every time I find something else to add to my toolbox… I highly recommend this book to anyone that works in a corporate environment where the managers don’t always understand software development. It also does a great job of introducing Agile development practices in a simple, easy way to understand.

- Jay Smith

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About this Title

Pages: 198
Published: 2006-04-01
Release: P6.0 (2011-08-25)
ISBN: 978-0-9745-1408-6

Adapting to change is key to successful software development.

Many books and articles have been written describing agile, adaptable approaches to writing software. But somehow, reading about software development isn’t the same as actually doing it, so readers typically come away uninspired—few books describe what agile development actually feels like, or how to tell if you’re doing it well.

Now you can see for yourself what agile is all about. Not just “what you should do,” but also “how it really works.” Noted authors and consultants Venkat Subramaniam and Andy Hunt share their experiences and reveal pragmatic, practical agile development practices that work in the real world of modern, commercial software development.

You’ll see how to:

  • Establish and maintain an agile working environment
  • Deliver what users really want
  • Use personal agile techniques for better coding and debugging
  • Use effective collaborative techniques for better teamwork
  • Move to an agile approach

You’ll succeed in delivering and meeting your user’s expectations. You’ll be able to keep normal project pressure from turning into disastrous stress while writing code, and see how to effectively coordinate mentors, team leads, and developers in harmony.

Of course, you could learn all this stuff the hard way, but this book can save you time and pain. Read it today, and you’ll be a better developer—today.



Venkat Subramaniam, founder of Agile Developer, Inc., has trained and mentored more than 3000 software developers in the US, Canada, and Europe. Venkat helps his clients effectively apply and succeed with agile practices on their software projects, and speaks frequently at conferences. Venkat is also an adjunct professor for the practice of computer science at University of Houston and teaches at Rice University School for Continuing Studies.

Andy Hunt has developed software for more than twenty years and knows firsthand what makes a project succeed. Andy is a coauthor of the best-selling book The Pragmatic Programmer, is an author of the Agile Manifesto, and is a cofounder of the Pragmatic Bookshelf, publisher of award-winning and critically acclaimed books for software developers.