CC 001: Clean Agile with Robert "Uncle Bob" Martin

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Uncle Bob (Robert C. Martin) has been a coder since 1970, co-founder of cleancoders.com, founder of Uncle Bob Consulting LLC, Master Craftsman at 8th Light Inc, and author of the book Clean Agile. Bob and Chuck start by discussing whether or not there has been a decline in Agile in recent years. Bob does not believe that agile is declining, but rather that because the number of programmers grows so quickly, Agile has become diluted. Bob describes what it was like to be at Snowbird writing the Agile Manifesto. He describes it as one of those rare times where a meeting actually produces something. For Bob, Agile is extreme programming, and they talk about how he came up with the idea for Agile. He talks about the principles in Agile match the principles in extreme programming. They discuss some of the dangers of cherrypicking the Agile method. They talk about what kind of data comes out of agile practices and the importance of analyzing the data and responding properly. The essence of keeping the engineering under control is the essence of any team so that you can maintain and clean and improve the code. He and Chuck talk about other things that teams should be doing to maintain the quality, readability, and maintainability of their code. This includes things like communicating the structure of the code throughout the team, code reviews, and pair programming. They talk about the element of courage required to make consequential decisions at the last moment. The show concludes with Chuck and Bob discussing how to get a team started with Agile methods and Bob talking about his book Clean Agile.

Panelists

  • Charles Max Wood

Guest

  • Uncle Bob Martin

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FAQ

Has there been a decline in Agile in recent years?

There has not been a decline, but rather a dilution of Agile due to the large influx of new programmers.


What is Agile according to Uncle Bob?

To Uncle Bob, Agile is extreme programming.


What are some things teams can do to maintain the quality of their code?

Communicating the structure of the code throughout the team, code reviews, and pair programming.


Why is courage required in programming?

Courage is required to make consequential decisions at the last moment for your code.


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