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The Art of Agile Development

In this chapter you will be introduced to the principles and practices that constitute agile development. You will learn that agile development is as much a philosophical and cultural shift as it is a set of practices and processes. You will understand why the need for an agile approach to software development has developed, the issues it helps to solve, and the reasons for its rapid rise in popularity.

In this chapter you will also dive into the Agile Manifesto, the document that started the agile movement. You will then examine the key features of agile by digging deeper into the principles and values as laid out by the manifesto and understand what they mean at a more granular level.

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