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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Actually ‘Clear’ in the name means that the process is for small teams, so this book tries to give a some kind of sugegstions for one purpose, but all the time keeping in mind that you’ll have to make the methodology to work for your project not the othe rway round. The differing styles in each chapter kept it interesting. What about larger teams? Easy Access to Expert Users 7. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Robert Dietze rated it it was amazing Aug 21, Although there are whole books and training courses explaining the details of Crystal, I found one area particularly interesting: Sustainable Software Development Kevin Tate.

Reflection about the Strategies and Techniques.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. How do we regression test the GUI? Of course, this isn’t true on small projects but any project involving cllear than 10 developers and taking more than – say – 6 months to build, deserves a fit-for-the purpose methodology. The final story was a great read. By having the team together, each member knows what the others are doing so they should be able to take over their cclear parts of the project if needed.


This book leads you from software process hell to successful software development by practical examples and useful samples.

Where is Crystal Clear in the pantheon of methodologies? Reflection about the Work Products. Yogesh Khairnar rated it liked it Apr 18, No trivia or quizzes yet. The author shows a strong bias against using software tools to manage requirements documents and other work products, manage iterations, etc.

Recommended to me by a former manager and I’m glad I read it. This book will give you ideas for that. What is the grounding for Crystal? Crystal defines two rules for dealing with issues that may interrupt focus.

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alistair Cockburn. In terms of Crystal — Yes, it is very very good. Actually ‘Clear’ in the name means that the pr This is a book about the idea, that there should not be a methodology for a company – but a methodology for a project! By listening to the others in the team, a developer can pick up on what the others are doing, gain experience and develop new ideas.

Source Code and Delivery Package. And many of the failed projects failed because they missed something–such as expert end-user involvement or accessibility throughout the project. View table of contents. It also means reducing context switching. Perhaps we would see fewer dogmatic Scrum Cllear out there?


The faces cockbun a representation of techniques, tools, standards and roles. I’ve seen thousands of such examples and seeing new ones in this context provides nothing for me.

Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams by Alistair Cockburn

One characteristic of Crystal is its intentional scaling to projects based on size and criticality. Although you might start out using one crystsl, you should adjust it as team size, risk or project priorities change.

Agile Software Requirements Dean Leffingwell. The methods come from years of study and interviews of teams by Cockburn.

In short, they are:.

Crystal Methods

Beyond Requirements Kent J. Expect more in the future.

I could and will read this book many clesr. Theauthor understands that small teams cannot be burdened by “process-heavy”software methodologies. He spells out proven best practices based on his extensiveexperience helping organizations build software quickly and with less cost. With the second meaning of focus, issues such as definition of goals are discussed.

The best thinking in the agile development community brought to street-level in the form of implementable strategy and tactics. Agile methods are so new relatively that a book a few years old can be dated already.