Some time ago, after I had written a review of The Clean Coder, I received a tweet from @InformIT saying that they liked my review. And then, after a few e-mails with person from Pearson I received three selected books to read and review. Individuals and Interactions: An Agile Guide is the first of them.
You all probably know this sentence:
“Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”, but for those who don’t, this is the first point of Agile Manifesto, a set of principles defining agile software development. And if I had to describe or review this book in one sentence, this one would be the best to describe content and general philosophy of this title.
In my opinion most of the books regarding Agile are about other four principles and the first one is somehow forgotten and neglected. But Individuals and Interactions: An Agile Guide is quite different as it (as title might suggest ) concentrates mostly on people as a team members. It shows how to take advantage of differences in developers personalities, how easily find and use “work-arounds” for those differences that might cause some trouble and ferment among the team and how to prepare to conflicts that might occur so they won’t distract members of team from doing their job. And last but not least, it shows how to motivate people in a various ways and create effectively working and well communicating team from different personalities without leaving anyone feeling used, ignored or alienated.