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As a solo developer, I think I'm using an Agile-like process, but I'd like to compare what I'm doing to real Agile and see if I can improve my own process.

Is there a book out there that's the de-facto standard for describing best practices, methodologies, and other helpful information on Agile? What about that book makes it special?

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Define "good". What are you looking for in a book? Without some ways to judge a good book from bad, this question is likely to be closed as not constructive. –  Anna Lear Jun 13 '11 at 13:55
The only canonical material about agile is the Agile Manifesto. –  mouviciel Dec 9 '11 at 8:39

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Another great book is Robert C. Martin's Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices. This is focused on developer practices and coding and is a must read for any developer serious about agile software development. There is also a C# version of the book that he and his son Micah wrote, so if you are a .NET developer, that version might be the one for you.

Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices

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What exactly is that on the cover? –  talonx Oct 12 '10 at 5:23
Eta Carinae - see hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/1996/23/image/a/… –  andcoz Oct 20 '10 at 15:43
Uncle Bob can preach quite a bit--but at the end of the day he has some great lessons. His book "Clean Code" was what made me realize what OOP was, and how far off the mark my code had been. –  STW Oct 20 '10 at 19:25
@andcoz - It says "doomed star" :D –  talonx Nov 3 '10 at 14:44
Bob is legendary. It's hard to go wrong with his books. –  Rein Henrichs May 2 '11 at 23:45

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