I recently finished reading Getting Real by the 37Signals gang. After which, of course, I decided to chime in with yet another review.
I enjoyed reading the book – and I agreed with most of what they said. I have, after all, been immersed in Agile for over 4 years now – and I’m also a firm believer in Interaction Design.
An example of a part I disagreed with was about it being okay if team-mates are not co-located. I don’t care how they claim to have worked it out (DHH no longer lives in Copenhagen FWIW), I think team-mates should be in the same room – if possible.
Anyway – it is a pleasant enough read, even if it simply re-iterates what many other books already say – the agile series, interaction design series, lean software, theory of constraints etc. If you want actual theory and a deeper understanding, read the full list. If you want instant gratification without the longer term benefits of understanding the concepts behind this stuff, read Getting Real.
Heck, read it anyway – its kind of a fun book.