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 Agile Development:
What Is Agile


Project Planning, pre-Agile

  • Waterfall
    • NASA-style
  • Auteurism
    • "It's done when it's done"
  • Death March
    • Fixed scope, fixed time, fixed cost =>
    • low quality of code
    • low quality of life
  • the Mythical Man-Month
    • adding more people to a late project makes it more late

The Agile Manifesto

Manifesto Principles

Extreme Programming (XP)

Instead of saying "we should really do X..."

what if we do X all the time ?

(where X is testing, code review, incremental design, refactoring, ...)

XP values

  • Communication
  • Feedback
  • Simplicity
  • Courage


  • Time box
  • work, measure, plan, repeat

yesterday's weather

The most efficient way to answer the question,

"What will today's weather be?"

is with the question,

"What was the weather yesterday?"

...sure it'll be wrong 20% of the time, but that's a much better rate than every other planning system

continuous improvement

First learn the rules

then obey the rules

then improve the rules

(then repeat)


see cadence and retrospectives lessons



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