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This week we continue with the re-read of Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres’s Extreme Programing Explained, Second Edition (2005) with two more chapters in Section Two.  Chapters 18 and 19 provide a view into two very different management philosophies that shaped software development in general and have had a major impact on XP.  Chapter 18 discusses Taylorism and scientific management; a management knows best view of the world. Chapter 19 talks about the Toyota Production System, which puts significant power back in the hands of the practitioner to deliver a quality product. (more…)

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This week we reach a bit of transition in Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres’s Extreme Programing Explained, Second Edition (2005). A short but contextually important entry. Chapter 16 ends Section One with an interview with Brad Jensen.  Section Two addresses the philosophies of XP.  Chapter 17 tell the creation story of XP from Beck’s point of view. (more…)