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Agile: Buzzword or Wisdom of the Ages?

19 June 2013 No Comment

It is a mistake to think that Agile is merely a project management methodology or worse, a buzzword.  

Agile is a philosophy, a body of knowledge, an understanding, experience accumulated in the 20th century, distilled and discussed, and carried  quite deliberately into the present.  It is, in it’s small way, wisdom of the ages.  Though it’s also a pendulum swing, away from heavyweight life cycle development process with lots of front-end planning , i.e. Waterfall, towards a lighter-weight process with less planning and more coding, and more interaction between the most important assets in software development: people.

I urge you to read about the Agile Manifesto, if you haven’t already, and review their twelve principles.  In short:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan
  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  • Working software over comprehensive documentation
  • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  • Responding to change over following a plan

I’ve begun a series of posts about agile development using .NET:

Agile Development Using .NET

Test-driven Development in .NET

and some concerned opining:

Does Agile make Developers Work Like Dogs?

Don’t Get All MVCed Up with No Place to Go

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