Agile!: The Good, the Hype and the Ugly — Bertrand Meyer
My review of Bertrand Meyer’s “Agile!” book.
I’ve been working with agile methods for about 6 years now – depending on the companies and projects, mostly with a scrum-based approach and sometimes with a little bit of more kanban-inspired ideas.
In this book, Bertrand Meyer goes straight accross the fanatism of some agile-related texts, criticizing some ideas and processes while recognizing others trully bring value. You’ll read about the main agile methods (scrum, kanban and XP), about agile roles, practices, artifacts and methods. About each of these matters, you’ll see which ideas can bring value to your processes and which might not be that benefical.
→ 3⁄5 I liked reading some of the criticisms in this book and the highlight put on the idea that “not everything Agile is necessarily great”. I’m not going up to 4⁄5 because I sometimes found the text a bit hard to read (it’s mostly a feeling – please keep in mind English is not my first language) and I think you’ll need to have some experience (several years working on a couple projects) with agile methods to fully appreciate this book.