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12 Key Principles of Agile Development
Agile: I hear this word thrown around frequently among software developers and programmers. The term was first introduced in 2001, when a group of developers met up to improve software development. Their manifesto for agile software development values the following: • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools • Working software over comprehensive documentation • Customer collaboration over contract negotiation • Responding to change over following a plan In other words, effective and successful software development consists of the following key principles: 1. The highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software 2. Welcome change of requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage. 3. Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale. 4. Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. 5. Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done. 6. The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation. 7. Working software is the primary measure of progress. 8. Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely. 9. Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility. 10. Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential. 11. The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams. 12. At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly. It is important to understand agile development if you wish to be a programmer. Anyone already in the industry that could share some wisdom? Does your company use agile development principles...methodologies such as DSDM, Scrum, or XP? [Source: http://goo.gl/rcVuKv]
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I actually had no idea what agile development was, though I had heard about it. great info!