Skip to main content

Coming in 2024

I'm pleased to announce that the Pragmatic Bookshelf will be publishing a fully-revised and updated second edition of Risk-First Software Development!

Pragmatic Bookshelf

Risk-First Software Development Second Edition

Over 20 years ago an "Agile" revolution occurred in the software development field.  But 20 years later, the very same proponents of the revolution are turning their backs on what they created, arguing that their ideals have been corrupted by zealotry, proscriptive norms, cargo-culting and an "Agile-Industrial Complex" focused on evangelism and certification.

Risk-First attempts something new:   to "peel back the onion" and provide a language for understanding and evaluating not just Agile practices but all practices in software development.  Unlike the Agile of today, Risk-First is not a methodology telling you what to do, but a toolbox and a pattern language to help you figure out what you should do, and help you communicate with others to make your case.

The book aims to develop a Pattern Language for understanding software risk, and develop a practical framework for discussing how the activities we take on a project change the balance of the risks we are exposed to.

How Can I Get Involved?

Get Updates

Join The Risk-First GitHub Organisation

Join The Risk-First GitHub Organisation

If you Add Your Star on GitHub you'll be sent an email invite to join the Risk-First GitHub Organisation and the associated discussion group!

This is where I will be adding blog materials discussing the content of the new book as it comes together, as well as providing access for beta testers.

GitHub Star
☝️ Click This On GitHub


Coming Soon!

Tell Us What You Think!

Most of the material in the second edition book is published here on this website, so you can simply start reading. If you have any feedback, please get in touch. What's missing? What doesn't make sense? What should be left out? Knowing this will be super-helpful and you will be credited in the book along with all the other Contributors.