<pre>Author/s : Jutta Eckstein Publisher : Dorset House Category :Project management, Process and Best Practices Review by : Lasse Koskela Rating : 8 horseshoes</pre> Most other titles on Agile Software Development repeat the mantra about lightweight processes and how they are only applicable for small teams of a dozen or so. This book is different. It sets out to offer the advice of someone who has been running software projects with over hundred people using an agile process -- to help others succeed in the same.
While there aren't any hard numbers and the like, a formula to make a silver bullet, there's plenty of sound advice starting from structures to help scale up an agile process, the challenges one will encounter while scaling, and the peopleware issues evident in large, often distributed projects as well as large companies in general, with all the associated bureaucracy and policies. The discussions about building teams around features versus components, for example, and the division into domain teams and technical service teams are useful reading for someone facing such decisions.
Also, this book does not expect you to know the slang of agile software development. It's written so that a manager familiar with software development -- but not necessarily agile software development -- has no problem understanding what the author is trying to pass on.
What's missing from this book -- something one might wish to get support for, facing a larger than usual agile project -- is the deeper coverage of techniques to facilitate things like emergent architecture across a distributed development team. The project report from a 170-member software project was not quite as detailed as I would've hoped. Detailed case studies are something I am personally very interested in reading.
In summary, while the advice in this book is relatively abstract, and you might think it doesn't have that much to offer if you are already familiar with Agile Software Development in general, I would certainly not dare to risk a large project by NOT reading this book.