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Clean Agile

By: Robert C. Martin
Narrated by: Theodore O'Brien
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Publisher's Summary

Agile Values and Principles for a New Generation

“In the journey to all things Agile, Uncle Bob has been there, done that, and has the both the t-shirt and the scars to show for it. This delightful book is part history, part personal stories, and all wisdom. If you want to understand what Agile is and how it came to be, this is the book for you.” (Grady Booch)

“Bob’s frustration colors every sentence of Clean Agile, but it’s a justified frustration. What is in the world of Agile development is nothing compared to what could be. This book is Bob’s perspective on what to focus on to get to that ‘what could be.’ And he’s been there, so it’s worth listening.” (Kent Beck)

“It’s good to read Uncle Bob’s take on Agile. Whether just beginning, or a seasoned Agilista, you would do well to read this book. I agree with almost all of it. It’s just some of the parts make me realize my own shortcomings, dammit. It made me double-check our code coverage (85.09 percent).” (Jon Kern)

Nearly 20 years after the Agile Manifesto was first presented, the legendary Robert C. Martin (“Uncle Bob”) reintroduces Agile values and principles for a new generation - programmers and nonprogrammers alike. Martin, author of Clean Code and other highly influential software development guides, was there at Agile’s founding. Now, in Clean Agile: Back to Basics, he strips away misunderstandings and distractions that over the years have made it harder to use Agile than was originally intended.

Martin describes what Agile is in no uncertain terms: a small discipline that helps small teams manage small projects...with huge implications, because every big project is comprised of many small projects. Drawing on his 50 years’ experience with projects of every conceivable type, he shows how Agile can help you bring true professionalism to software development.

  • Get back to the basics - what Agile is, was, and should always be
  • Understand the origins, and proper practice, of SCRUM
  • Master essential business-facing Agile practices, from small releases and acceptance tests to whole-team communication
  • Explore Agile team members’ relationships with each other, and with their product
  • Rediscover indispensable Agile technical practices: TDD, refactoring, simple design, and pair programming
  • Understand the central roles values and craftsmanship play in your Agile team’s success

If you want Agile’s true benefits, there are no shortcuts: You need to do Agile right. Clean Agile: Back to Basics will show you how, whether you’re a developer, tester, manager, project manager, or customer.

©2020 Pearson Education, Inc. (P)2021 Upfront Books

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Must read for software developers and techmanagers

Delightful to hear, easy to understand and insightful. This is the kind of book on a technical field that fits perfectly with an audiobook format.
I totally recommend.

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Uncle Bob Always Challeges

I don’t agree with everything Uncle Bob says about agile but many of his “opinions and observations“ ring true.

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  • 10-06-22

A fantastic read!

If you are in software development in any way then you should read this book. it gives a great insight into agile.

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  • Tim
  • 08-11-22

Great summary

Disagree with others saying this has much ranting. It’s an entertaining read and good (re)grounding in Agile. Highly recommended.

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  • Steve R
  • 12-14-21

Interesting insight

I listened to this on 1.3 x speed and it felt more natural speed of conversation.

The book was interesting I kind of see and hear a lot of techniques. But the bit I most took away from this was the analogy about knowing what tools work depending on your surrounding and environment. The problem I think is not just with agile but also with six sigma and lean is people want to follow a checklist of items rather than using the right tools for the right job.

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  • G. Rutter
  • 11-20-21

Excellent summary. Good for agile newcomers or managers wanting to know what it’s all about.

Bob pulls together the important issues. If you’re a seasoned agileist it will be very familiar. For those new or if you want to understand. Start here.

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  • connor smith
  • 03-26-21

Great book on Agile Principles

Give this a listen if you want to find out what agile is truly about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-21

Great into to Agile

Uncle bob is going to uncle Bob. Great book and good narration. Would listen to again.