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Fit for Developing Software: Framework for Integrated Tests by Ward Cunningham, Rick Mugridge

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Preface

Fitness, agility, and balance apply as much to software development as they do to athletic activities. We can admire the movements of a highly skilled dancer, skier, or athlete. Gracefulness comes from wasting no energy on unnecessary tension or balance recovery, so that effort can be focused exactly where it is needed, exactly when it is needed. The expert is continuously making small adjustments to stay aligned and in balance. Agile responses to unexpected changes distinguish the expert from the nonexpert, as their rebalancing adjustments are fluid and subtle and go unnoticed by nonexperts.

Injury, pain, distractions, and poor concentration can wreck balance, reducing the expert’s ability to respond well in a focused way. Much more ...

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