Organizational Patterns of Agile Software Development

Prentice Hall
James O. Coplien / Neil B. Harrison  
Total pages
July 2004
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For courses in Advanced Software Engineering or Object-Oriented Design.


This book covers the human and organizational dimension of the software improvement process and software project management – whether based on the CMM or ISO 9000 or the Rational Unified Process. Drawn from a decade of research, it emphasizes common-sense practices. Its principles are general but concrete; every pattern is its own built-in example. Historical supporting material from other disciplines is provided. Though even pattern experts will appreciate the depth and currency of the material, it is self-contained and well-suited for the layperson.


The only pattern work that builds directly on Alexander’s most recent pattern theory–Instead of trying to decode Alexander, readers can use this material directly.


    ~Incorporates sequences, the Fundamental Process, and other key notions that are missing from almost every software pattern book.


    ~Presents the above in software terms for software people.


Real-life case studies with genuine names and organizations–Grounds the ideas in practice and help students develop confidence in the ideas.


Real examples of sequence applications of patterns.


Many practical engineering tips, do’s and don’ts–Clarifies what it means to apply patterns and helps students get started.


Summary patlets from other authors–Distills the essence of other key organizational patterns right in the book; idealfor students who want detailed texture behind the patterns or who want to broaden their understanding.


Pattern Confidence Ratings–Provides a confidence level indication for each pattern,   helping students better manage risk.


A quick, get-started modeAllows instructors to skip selected chapters and dive into the core material, deferring background information for later.


Extensive reference list and bibliography.

Table of Contents

1. An Overview of Patterns and Organizational Patterns


2. How the Patterns Came to Us


3. How to Use This Book


4. Organization Design Patterns


5. Organization Construction Patterns


6. Organizational Principles


7. Anthropological Foundations


8. Borland Quattro Pro for Windows


9. A Hyperproductive Telecommunications Development Team


A. Summary Patlets


B. Bibliography


C. Photo Credits

Back Cover

See what reviewers at originally had to say about James and Neil's book!

'This is a remarkably wise book, full of pragmatic advice drawn from real projects. Ultimately, software development is a human experience, and Jim and Neil have captured the essence of that experience in this work. The tapestry of patterns they have woven is postively brillant, and each thread therein is a delight to read.'

--Grady Booch, IBM Fellow

Do you want to really improve your software development organization instead of complying with an arbitrary standard, or trying the latest fad? This book presents the fundamentals of creating sustainable organizations, based on in-depth studies of over 100 real software development organizations.

The authors present nearly 100 organizational patterns to help you create a highly effective organization. Case studies and vignettes illustrate how these patterns work. This practical guide shows you how to reshape critical parts of your organization. Regardless of your role, you will find patterns that you can use to make your organization more effective.

'This carefully researched, artfully described, and extraordinarily useful handbook of deep wisdom on creating teams that generate terrific software should be on every software development manager's bookshelf.'

--Luke Hohmann, Hohmann Consulting
Author of Beyond Software Architecture

'As soon as I had worked through these patterns, I realized that several of my clients engaged in process definition projects could make use of them.'

--Ian Graham, Technical Director,