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Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, Second Edition by Cynthia Andres, Kent Beck

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Chapter 25. Conclusion

I codified XP to make life better for programmers. Along the way, XP became a way of being in the world for me. However, it is a way that requires me to think about my own values and align my behavior with them. What I discovered is that there is no improvement without first improving myself.

The key to XP is integrity, acting in harmony with my true values. As soon as I set integrity as my goal, I discovered that the values I actually held were not the ones I wanted the world to think I held. The past five years have been a journey of changing my actual values into those I wanted to hold.

I have been far from perfect on this journey. Some days I'm keenly aware of how far short I fall from my own ideals. There are times, though, ...

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