The hallmarks of Extreme Programming - constant integration and automated testing, frequent small releases that incorporate continual customer feedback, and a teamwork approach-make it an exceptionally flexible and effective approach to software development. Once considered radical, Extreme Programming (XP) is rapidly becoming recognized as an approach particularly well-suited to small teams facing vague or rapidly changing requirements - that is, the majority of projects in today's fast-paced software development world. Within this context of flexibility and rapid-fire changes, planning is critical ; without it, software projects can quickly
fall apart. Written by acknowledged XP authorities Kent Beck and Martin Fowler, Planning Extreme Programming
presents the approaches, methods, discipline, and advice you need to plan and track a successful Extreme Programming
project. The key XP philosophy: Planning is not a one-time event, but a constant process of reevaluation and course-
correction throughout the life cycle of the project. You will learn how planning is essential to controlling workload, reducing programmer stress, increasing productivity, and keeping projects on track. Planning Extreme Programming also focuses on the importance of estimating the cost and time for each user story (requirement), determining its priority, and planning software releases accordingly. In addition, this book alerts you to the red flags that signal serious problems : customers who won't make decisions, growing defect reports, failing daily builds, and more. An entire chapter is devoted to war stories from the trenches that illustrate the real-world problems many programmers encounter and the solutions they've devised.