Dogma does not mean the absence of thought, but the end of thought.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874--1936)

Foreword

You may have noticed that this isn’t the only book about developing software sitting on the shelf.

In fact, not only are there a lot of books about designing and building software but they tend to disagree with one another. Unfortunately, these disagreements in approach usually generate more heat than light: as practitioners, we end up feeling burned, not enlightened. Oh, and the project we’re working on still ends up late.

We continue to search for a better way of developing software (a method) that will work for us and our teams. But discussions of the benefits and drawbacks of various development methods tend to devolve ...

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