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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A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams is a lucid and practical introduction to running a successful agile project in your organization. The differing styles in each chapter kept it interesting. These properties lead your project to success; conversely, their absence endangers your project.

I’ve seen thousands of such ccockburn and seeing new ones in this context provides nothin Some aspects of this book were totally awesome.

Although you might start out using one approach, you should adjust it as team size, risk or project priorities change.

Based on evidence gathered from successful small software development teams, Alistair’s Crystal Clear describes an Agile methodology framework with great tolerance for a broad set of practices.

Alistair Cockburn

However bad it is right now, there is hope. Perhaps we would see fewer dogmatic Scrum Masters out there?

If we trust people, then we are more open and will share information more freely. The other is to assign a developer to a project for at least two days before being switched to another project. If selly says so Jim, thanks for your comment.


By having the team together, each member knows what the others are doing so they should be able to take over their team-mate’s parts of the project if needed.

Questions can be rapidly answered and all the team members know what is going on as well as having the ability to correct any misconceptions that may arise. I would be a full-on advocate of, for example, using a wiki.

Crystal Methods

Focus in crystal refers to two things; firstly focusing on an individual task in a project for enough time that progress will be made and secondly, it refers to the direction in which the project is heading. This is because if the developer has to break concentration to move somewhere else to ask a question then their thought process will probably be lost.

The author has studied successful agile projects and identified common traits they share. Here was a project that in my opinion was an overwhelming success–high productivity, high quality, delivery, happy customer, and the fact that the team would do it again. Your email address will not be published.

Osmosis is a way of learning that is passive and subtle — a gradual absorption of information. And many of the failed projects failed because they missed something—such as expert end-user involvement or accessibility throughout the project. These allow for quicker unit testing and eventual resolution of problems.

What is Crystal Clear? |

What is the grounding for Crystal? He is a principal expositor of the use case for documenting business processes and behavioral requirements for software, and inventor of the Cockburn Scale for categorizing software projects. What about larger teams? This book leads you from software process hell to successful software development by practical examples and u The best thinking in the agile development community brought to street-level in the form of implementable strategy and tactics.


Depending on the project size and criticality, you should tailor the process that suits exactly that project.

This book leads you from software process hell to successful software development by practical examples and useful samples. He carefully separates advice to experts from advice to newcomers. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Oct 14, Coby Randquist rated it it was amazing.

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The key tenet to this is trust.