Agile software development means that you provide the client what (s)he doesn’t want in the first 30 days rather than after 180 days. You use the remaining 150 days to build what the client really wants with a “show as you go” strategy following each 30 day iteration.
In 2001, Ken Schwaber, Kent Beck, Martin Fowler and Alistair Cockburn amongst others came up with the Agile Manifesto as follows:
We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.
On face of it the manifesto may seem like an excuse for chaotic hacking, and perhaps fine with small teams, but not for serious development. However, since most of the world’s 15 million software developers usually work in small teams of around 3 to 5 people; “Agile” has resonated far and wide to good effect.
Agile Vancouver kicked off in October, 2005 with a presentation by Alistair Cockburn. Since then it has featured speakers on a regular basis with a usual turnout of over 50 software developers and managers. The group continues to flourish and feature presentations and courses from leading practitioners around the world.
Of course our "network" is about more than just our meetings. Beyond our members' personal networks we have an opt-in mailing list plus our groups on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Yahoo! See our About Us page athttp://www.meetup.com/Agile-Vancouver/about/ for more detail
Welcome Vancouver Agilists!
March 16 · 6:30 PM
Moving from Doing Agile to Being Agile: 10+ Ways of Developing an Agile Mindset
Let's start by asking a question: "How many of you follow the same route every day when driving to work, to the grocery store or to pick up your kids?" When you do that,... Learn more
February 16 · 6:30 PM
Agile: Learning to Play for Profit
Ever wondered WHY it is so hard for people to innovate or think outside the box? Agile is a pathway back to feeling better, rewarding resourcefulness, and making money... Learn more
November 17, 2014 · 6:30 PM
Let's Start A Test Revolution: a Team-based Approach to Agile Test Planning
Is testing really keeping up with the advances of software development? Are our testing approaches evolving as quickly as the new technologies, or are we being left... Learn more
September 5, 2014 · 6:30 PM
Mary Poppendieck speaking on Delighted Customers
What does it take to delight your customers? What roles do engineering and problem solving play in product development? How do design and customer feedback effect... Learn more
June 16, 2014 · 6:00 PM
Let's have some fun and take a hands-on approach to Practical Estimation. There will be a bit of theory, a bit of discussion, and some Agile games, as we explore topics... Learn more