Crystal Clear A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams. 1 review. by Alistair Cockburn. Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional. Release Date: October. Crystal Clear by Alistair Cockburn, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. Alistair Cockburn /ˈælɪstər ˈkoʊbərn/ (born November 19, ) is an American computer The methodologies in the Crystal family (e.g., Crystal Clear ), described by Alistair Cockburn, are considered examples of lightweight methodology.

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I’m constantly going back to old wiki pages and work tickets to look into the details of what was done.

Lean Software Development Mary Poppendieck. The people in the team must be able to trust each other and feel free to speak up about issues or whatever arises. He obtained his degree in computer science at the Case Western Reserve University. If a project were a small one a methodology such as Crystal Clear, Crystal Orange or Crystal Yellow may be used or if the project was a mission-critical one where human life could be endangered then the methods Crystal Diamond or Crystal Sapphire would be used.

From this research, he constructed a family of methodologies, along with principles for tuning them.

Communication overhead is greatly reduced by using this type of communication. The other is to assign a developer to a project for at least two days before being switched to another project.

Every member of the team should be able to speak without fear of ridicule or reprisal, whether it be a new idea, a concern or a problem they are encountering. But did you know that one of the most represented approaches amongst them was called Crystal? Here was a project that in my opinion was an overwhelming success–high productivity, high quality, delivery, happy customer, and the fact that the team would do it again.


See this module’s talk page for discussion. With Crystal methods, iterations are to be released weekly up to quarterly — the release times are dependant on the length of the project.

Crystal Methods

The Crystal Family of Methodologies. The best thinking in the agile development community brought to street-level in the form of implementable strategy and tactics. It describes the roles, teams, values, intentions, habits,activities, policies and work products of a small software development team forwhom time-to-market and development costs are critical considerations.

Nov 10, Russ rated it really liked it Shelves: Actually ‘Clear’ in the name means that the process is for small teams, so this book tries to give a some kind of sugegstions for one purpose, but all the time keeping in mind that you’ll have to make the methodology to work for your project not the othe rway round.

Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams by Alistair Cockburn

I started reading it and couldn t put it down, and by the end, I just had to say Wow! The more involved the expert user is in practical termsthe better since they would have more hands-on experience. How can I rate how “agile” or how “crystal” we are? Since teams can go about similar tasks in different ways, the Crystal family of methodologies are very tolerant to this which makes the Crystal family one of the easiest agile methodologies to apply.

Regarding alistqir lessons, I think we have a lot to learn from Alistair Cockburn not just in Crystal but in lots of his other writings.

Between all the methods in the Crystal family, there are seven prevailing common properties.


Sadly I think it is a bit outdated. Is it because Scrum is easier to implement?

Alistair Cockburn

Is it because other approaches have done an amazing job on marketing: To ask other readers questions about Crystal Clearplease sign up. The differing styles in each chapter kept it interesting. This kind of environment enables teams to work through their problems and improve performance.

Alistari found myself constantly saying outloud, whilst reading the book, “yes, yes The author has studied successful agile projects and identified common traits they share. Christian rated it really liked it Feb 15, Raghul rated it it was amazing May 04, It can take a while to get back into the flow again so this delays completion of the current task.

Crystal Clear A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams [Book]

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. His writings are amazing. The differing styles in each chapter kept it interesting.

If selly says so This particular book s value is that actual project experiences leading to and confirming the principles and practices alistaif so The process of checking-in code into a repository can clesr in identifying the problem code and remove it by reverting back or updating with correct code. Why aim only for the safety zone? Sep 10, Tony rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Easy Access to Expert Users.