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Agile Project Management Is Good – But It’s Not Enough

June 12, 2006 — Posted by Al Shalloway

When many companies decide to go Agile, they do so out of the realization that the usual approach – gathering most of the requirements and doing most of the analysis at the start of the project – is not working very well. And, too often, it leads to projects that seem to get out of control.

So, it is natural to see the difference in Agile methods mainly in terms of its project management, especially “two week iterations.” Many Agile methods seem to emphasize this project management viewpoint. Get the project management right, and everything else will follow, right?

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Lean Product Development is the Right Approach for Software Development

June 5, 2006 — Posted by Jim Trott

Listen to the podcastLean Product Development is the right approach for software development

Toyota can bring new products from initial concept to the production floor in 18 months while other manufactures may take twice as long. Some software companies seem to have a knack for understanding what customers really want while others go through many versions to get something that merely works.

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People and process Continued

June 5, 2006 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I put my earlier post on people and process on the LeanDevelopment user group. Some interesting comments have ensued, along with my response (included here). You'll get the jist of my points just reading below, but if you'd like, see the entire thread starting at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/leandevelopment/message/887?l=1

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Why Incremental Development is Useful

June 3, 2006 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Had an insight on why incremental programming is useful that I thought I'd share. We use a routine on our web-site to display our available courses and seminars. We have made it so one routine can give the information needed following the no redundancy rule.We were looking to add a new feature to this that would do a different kind of filtering than we currently do. My tendancy is to always do the minimum amount of functionality needed (Ya Ain't Gonna Need It). But I'll admit, my mind wondered - what happens when this is extended - that is, we need a more sophisticated rule?

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Only Degrade Your Code Intentionally

June 3, 2006 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I know this sounds like a funny thing to say - only make your code worse when you mean to. But think about the alternative - make your code worse without meaning to!

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