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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I’ve seen thousands of such examples and seeing new ones in this context provides nothing for me.

Experts will see new strategies and techniques to try, as well as the contextual information they need for advanced decision-making. Agile and Iterative Development Craig Larman. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history. This page has been nominated for cleanup for the following reason: Is it because Scrum is easier to implement?

Applied The Seven Properties Chapter 3. But did you know that one of the most represented approaches amongst them was called Crystal?

By having the team together, each member knows what the others are doing so they should be able to take over their team-mate’s parts of the project if needed.

Crystal Methods

This suggests clear communication, prioritisation of requirements, goal setting, etc. See this module’s talk page for discussion. The differing styles in each chapter kept it interesting. The most important property in every project is to cocjburn deliver working, tested code to real users.


Unfortunately, the book suffers from a bit too much of trying to be something for everybody. The Agile Software Development Series 8 books. Reflective improvement involves developers taking a break from regular development and trying to find ways to better their processes. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of The people in the team must be able to trust each other and feel free to speak up about cockhurn or whatever arises.

Cockburn follows these principles with concrete, practical examples of how to apply the principles to real situations and roles and to resolve real issues. It’s a searchable storage device on top of being a collaborative documentation tool.

With Crystal methods, iterations are to be released weekly up to quarterly — the release times are dependant on the length of the project. Essential reading for anyone who shares the passion for creating quality software.

And many of the failed projects failed because they missed something–such as expert end-user involvement or accessibility throughout the project. I found myself constantly saying outloud, whilst reading the book, “yes, yes Books by Alistair Cockburn. Alistair Cockburn in Seattle in These small teams can be much more effective and predictable than much larger teams that follow overly bureaucratic and prescriptive development processes.

Iterations help with this by providing feedback on whether or not the current process is working. The Week and the Day. The key tenet to this is trust. Nov 10, Russ rated it really liked it Shelves: Alex Berezhnoy rated it did not like it Apr 18, The need for email updates, extra documentation, etc is lowered. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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The Crystal family is colour-coded to signify the “weight” of methodology needed. The final story was a great read. Between all the methods in the Crystal family, there are seven prevailing common properties.

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Crystal Clear A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams [Book]

Essential reading for anyone who shares the passion for creating quality software. My first Agile book, this was a good introduction to the Agile concepts. Wikiversity cleanup Software engineering. Trivia About Crystal Clear: Theauthor understands that small teams cannot be burdened by “process-heavy”software methodologies.

By advocating that developers stay close together andremain in steady, good-will communication with customers and users, thisbook teaches the reader how to develop software that not only does what it issupposed to do, but also gets completed on time and within budget.