+1 to Wes' comments - I think there is a lot of value to be taken
from the core tenets of what we refer to as 'Agile' methodology.
I think it would be impractical to develop a large proportion of
software projects using the original waterfall/BUFD methodologies in
the current technical and social climate, where disruptive
technologies (hardware and software) and interconnection are
Aside from a few industries where regulation requires upfront
long-term planning it's also the case that the customer increasingly
wants to participate in the development process, which would be very
difficult without the agile approach.
Echoing Martijn's comments I would definitely recommend that
everyone looks at the original Agile Manifesto
), especially developers new to the
industry. It's quite remarkable how much fluff has accumulated
around the core four principles.
I'm assuming that when people are saying they haven't been a true
believer of agile, they are referring to this 'fluff'?
On a related note I had to smile (and maybe cry a little inside)
when I was at a Continuous Delivery conference in London on Monday -
Andrew Phillips of XebiaLabs put up a slide with the first core
principle of the Agile Manifesto 'Individuals and interactions over
processes and tool' and asked how many people in the audience knew
where this was from. Out of a room full of 150+ software developers
and project managers only 2 of us knew what it was! Earlier in the
day a presenter asked who was doing Agile Development and almost
everyone in the audience raised their hand...
On 14/06/[masked]:05, Jon Hatfield
I agree with applying agile in
a manner that suits you. I find daily scrum meetings the most
useful so everyone is up to date with each other. Aside from
that I prefer a project management approach i.e.(changeable)
milestones and strict use of e.g. jira to plan (again in a
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From: "Martijn Verburg" <[address removed]>
Date: Fri, Jun 14,[masked]:59
Subject: [ljc] "I've never been a true believer in the Agile
To: <[address removed]>
My suggestion is that people read the original manifesto and
apply it in a
manner that best suits themselves and their organisation.
Anyone who's seen my Diabolical Developer and Modern Software
Anti-Pattern (with Ben) rants to know my opinions on this
subject, yes Scrum is a pyramid scheme ;-).
On 14 June[masked]:28, Ged Byrne <[address removed]>
> Because I want facts, not opinions. I certainly don't
want beliefs. Only
> placebo's require belief. "Belief" is what I object to,
> Because In the beginning it was about uncovering better
ways of developing
> software. Now I have come to associate the "Agile"
approach with dogma and
> mantra. Many keep insisting that the best way to develop
> already been uncovered. I think we still have a long way
> Because, to paraphrase Wilde, whenever everybody agrees
with something I
> always feel it must be wrong.
> On 14 June[masked]:11, Shaine
<[address removed]> wrote:
>> Just for curiosity, why do you believe in the Agile
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