52 Books a Year: #22 - Agile Estimating and Planning

Posted by Brian Wed, 02 Dec 2009 02:13:15 GMT

Agile Estimating and Planning
By Mike Cohn


Agile has gotten a bad reputation over the years from those who do not understand it. I get the impression that it has been forced on many unwilling teams by managers chasing after the latest fad. Unfortunately Agile works best when it develops organically within a team until they decide to more formally adopt it as a development style. This was the case with our team at work. We had been moving more towards Test Driven Development for a couple of years and when a larger project than usual came up we decided as a team to move more formally towards an Agile approach. We used Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn as our guide.

As a writer Cohn moves along at a crisp pace with real world examples. Many development books feel the need to crack jokes or make pop culture references left and right. This is not one of those books. He covers estimating size, planning, scheduling, and tracking. In addition he tackles why you would want to adopt Agile. The chapter on financial prioritization is especially useful for developers, as it gives insight into tools that can be used to justify the costs of projects to those with the checkbook. If you have a team that is considering Agile then this book is an excellent choice to start with.


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