Clean Agile: Back to Basics

Prentice Hall
Robert C. Martin / Robert C. Martin  
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October 2019
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Clean Agile: Back to Basics


Twenty years after the Agile Manifesto was first presented, the legendary Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) reintroduces agile values and principles for a new generation of software developers. In this eagerly awaited book, the best-selling author of  The Clean Coder shows how to bring unprecedented levels of professionalism and discipline to agile development — and thereby write far more effective, successful software.

As with his other books, Martin's  Clean Agile: Back to Basics doesn't merely present multiple choices and options, and say 'use your best judgment'; it tells you what choices to make and why those choices are critical to your success. Writing in the agile context, Martin offers direct, no-nonsense answers to crucial questions:
  • How and why did agile begin?
  • What are the costs and benefits of agile?
  • What are the most effective practices of agile development?
  • How should an agile team be organized?
  • What roles do programmers, testers, and managers play in an agile team?
  • What is the role of the Agile Coach?
  • What about agile for large projects?
  • What kinds of projects benefit from agile?
Clean Agile: Back to Basics is essential reading for students, programmers, managers, testers, project managers, and every software professional called upon to lead or participate in an agile project.


  • The eagerly-anticipated new book from 'Uncle Bob' – Robert C. Martin, author of The Clean Coder, Clean Code, and Clean Architecture
  • How software developers can bring unprecedented professionalism and discipline to agile development
  • Practical answers to the most crucial questions agile developers face now, 20 years after the agile movement began

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Agile
  • Chapter 2: The Reasons for Agile
  • Chapter 3: Business Practices
  • Chapter 4: Team Practices
  • Chapter 5: Technical Practices
  • Chapter 6: Becoming Agile
  • Chapter 7: Craftsmanship
  • Chapter 8: Conclusion


Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) has been a programmer since 1970. He is cofounder of, which offers online video training for software developers, and is founder of Uncle Bob Consulting LLC, which offers software consulting, training, and skill development services to major corporations worldwide.

Previously, he served as the Master Craftsman at 8th Light Inc., a Chicago-based software consulting firm for three years, as editor-in-chief of the 'C++ Report', and as the first chairperson of the Agile Alliance. Mr. Martin has published dozens of articles in various trade journals and is a regular speaker at international conferences and trade shows. He has written and edited many books, including Clean Code, The Clean Coder, and Clean Architecture (all from Pearson).