Books by and with Allan Kelly

Books by and with Allan Kelly

Continuous Digital: the agile alternative to projects

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Why Projects are wrong for software development and digital business. And what to do instead

Only available on LeanPub as an e-book

Little Book of User Stories

Heuristics for requirements in an agile world. Written to answer questions such as:

“How do I make my user stories smaller?”

“What is the right size for a user story?”

“What is the difference between an Epic and a Story? And where do Tasks and Sub-tasks fit in?”

“Who writes user stories?”

Only available on LeanPub as an e-book


Team Centric agile Software Development (Book 1): a Kanban/Extreme Programming (XP) hybrid approach.
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Also Xanpan Appendix: Management and Team also available from LeanPub individually or as bundle with Xanpan

Business Patterns for Software Developers

Business Patterns for Software Developers

You know all about your software product but could do with some help in understanding the strategic side of things. If so, this book is the one–stop resource you′ll need in order to become a successful software entrepreneur. A step–by–step route that needs to be followed in order to understand business strategy and operations.
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Business Patterns for Software Developers.

Changing Software Development

Learning to be Agile

Changing Software Development Learning to be Agile is a study in changing the software development process. At a practical level it sets out to help the reader change the way software is created.

Changing Software Development considers learning to be the vital tool in the change process. In doing so it blends the fields of management and software development.

The book argues that software development as primarily a learning activity and software developers are at the cutting edge of the twenty-first century knowledge economy.

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Japanese translation

Changing Software Development in Japanese

Agile Reader series

Only available online -

So much has been written about Agile that is sometimes seems there is little new to say. The essays in these mini-book attempt to get under the skin of Agile and look at how it works in real life.

The Agile Reader series was originally compiled to provide additional information and background to those taking courses with Software Strategy Ltd. It is offered here for anyone with an interest in Agile development and the writing of Allan Kelly.

Essays include: Blue-White-Red describes an example Agile process, part Extreme Programming, part Scrum, part Lean and the rest stuff that worked for the team concerned and might just work elsewhere; the role of Business Analysts, Product Managers and other “Product Owners”; how to run a stand-up meeting; the importance of objectives and more.

Business Analysis & Leadership

The book takes a framework for leadership, starting off with a focus on the self, then leading within your project, then moving out to leading across your organization and, finally, leading in the wider world.
Allan Kelly contributed a chapter on Knowledge Sharing and Analysis with Patterns.

See also the book web side,
BA Leadership.

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

97 Things contains sage advice from over 30 experienced software developers. Two of the contributions are from Allan Kelly:
  • Two Wrongs Make A Right (and are difficult to fix)
  • Check Your Code First Before Looking to Blame Others

Edited by Kevlin Henney (2010)


Pattern Languages of Program Design

Volume 5, 2006 - Edited by Dragos Manolescu, Markus Voelter, and James Noble
19 patterns and pattern collections relating to the development of software systems. Including
Encapsulated Context pattern by Allan Kelly.

EuroPLoP 2009 Proceedings

Chair of the 2009 conference and co-editor of the conference proceedings

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