Book Notes #18: Agile Software Engineering by Orit Hazzan and Yael Dubinsky

Agile Software Engineering presents a complete software engineering course from the agile approach in a holistic and comprehensive learning environment that fits both industry and academia.

Title: Agile Software Engineering
Author: Orit Hazzan, Yael Dubinsky
Year: 2009
Pages: 296

Agile Software Engineering, written by Orit Hazzan and Yael Dubinsky, provides a comprehensive and practical introduction to agile principles and their application in software engineering. 

The authors outline the key principles of Agile software engineering, explain how to effectively use Agile techniques and tools to increase the speed and quality of development, and demonstrate how to ensure team alignment and success. 

They also explain and analyse how the explicit attention that agile software development gives these perspectives and their interconnections, helps it cope with the challenges of software projects.

As a result, I gave this book a rating of 7.0/10.

For me, a book with a note 10 is one I consider reading again every year. Among the books I rank with 10, for example, is Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Overview of Agile Software Engineering

The agile approach to software development has been applied more and more extensively since the mid-nineties of the 20th century.

This multifaceted perspective on software development processes is reflected in this book, among other ways, by the chapter titles, which specify dimensions of software development projects such as quality, time, abstraction, and management, rather than specific project stages, phases, or practices.

Agile Software Engineering is reviewed in this book through the following three perspectives: 

 – The Human perspective, includes cognitive and social aspects and refers to learning and interpersonal processes between teammates, customers, and management. 

 – The Organizational perspective, which includes managerial and cultural aspects, refers to software project management and control.

 – The Technological perspective, which includes practical and technical aspects, refers to the design, testing, and coding, as well as to integration, delivery, and maintenance of software products.

The book is based on the authors’ comprehensive experience of teaching and implementing agile software development over the past six years. 

A course on agile software engineering has been shaped during these years, in an iterative process that was accompanied by an ongoing research project. 

This course is presented in this book. In parallel to the course creation and shaping process, the agile approach has emerged and spread, becoming one of the worldwide mainstream approaches for software project management.

My Book Highlights & Quotes

“… The agile approach in a holistic and comprehensive learning environment that fits both industry and academia…”

Agile Software Engineering is an essential guide for anyone looking to successfully implement Agile principles and practices. 

By understanding the key principles of Agile software engineering and applying the best practices outlined in the book, readers can quickly and successfully implement an Agile process and optimize the speed and quality of software engineering.

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