Crystal Clear A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams. 1 review. by Alistair Cockburn. Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional. Release Date: October. Crystal Clear by Alistair Cockburn, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Alistair Cockburn /ˈælɪstər ˈkoʊbərn/ (born November 19, ) is an American computer The methodologies in the Crystal family (e.g., Crystal Clear ), described by Alistair Cockburn, are considered examples of lightweight methodology.

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Essential reading for anyone who shares the passion for creating quality software. This book leads you from software process hell to successful software development by practical examples and useful samples.

Alistair Cockburn

These small teams can be much more effective and predictable than much larger teams that follow overly bureaucratic and prescriptive development processes. He describes ‘how to do,’ of course, but also how to tell whether you’re doing it right, to reach into the feeling of the project. This particular book’s value is that actual project experiences leading to and confirming the principles and practices are so Cockburn follows these principles with concrete, practical examples of how to apply the principles to real situations and roles and to resolve real issues.


And many of the failed projects failed because they missed something—such as expert end-user involvement or accessibility throughout the project.

Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams

The final story was a great read. Here was a project that in my opinion was an overwhelming success—high productivity, high quality, delivery, happy customer, and the fact that the team would do it again.

The differing styles in each chapter kept it interesting. I started reading it and couldn’t put it down, and by the end, I just had to say ‘Wow! Carefully researched over ten years and eagerly anticipated by the agile community, Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams is a lucid and practical introduction to running a successful agile project in your organization. Each chapter illuminates a different important aspect of orchestrating agile projects.

Perhaps the most important contribution this book offers is the Seven Properties of Successful Projects.

The author has studied successful agile projects and identified common traits they share. These properties lead your project to success; conversely, their absence endangers your project.


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Start Free Trial No credit card required. View table of contents. Book Description “The best thinking in the agile development community brought to street-level in the form of implementable strategy and tactics. Explained View from crgstal Outside Chapter 2.

Applied The Seven Properties Chapter 3. In Practice Strategies and Techniques Chapter 4.

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Explored The Process Chapter 5. Examined The Work Products Chapter 6. Misunderstood Common Mistakes Chapter 7. Questioned Frequently Asked Chapter 8. Tested A Case Study Chapter 9.