Having a solid grasp of the fundamentals of systems development provides programmers with crucial concepts that that serve them regardless of their day-to-day development tasks. One of the highly regarded books in this field is Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment. Now in its 3rd edition, coauthor Stephen Rago speaks with InfoQ about the book.
The problems faced by teams that are attempting Agile in non-traditional settings aren't that Agile principles are inapplicable, nor that the feedback cycle is doomed to failure; but rather, outside of a certain Agile sweet-spot there are additional barriers and costs to applying Agile techniques. None of these obstacles prevents Agile in itself but each increases the cost of getting to Agile.