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Agile Software Development: True Adoption or Just a Label?

John Farden
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In the comments about a recent survey on agile adoption (http://www.methodsandtools.com/dynpoll/oldpoll.php?Agile2), there is the fear that as agility is now becoming "trendy", we may see a number of organizations that will qualify now themselves as "agile", without implementing the essence of the agile software development practices. Has anybody see some signs of such situation?


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Scott Ambler
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Yes, this unfortunately happens all the time, which is why myself and others have been pushing for accepted criteria to determine if a team is agile. Until we have such criteria we'll have the problem that ad-hoc hackers will claim that they're agile.

- Scott


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ankur rathi
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Originally posted by Scott Ambler:
Yes, this unfortunately happens all the time, which is why myself and others have been pushing for accepted criteria to determine if a team is agile. Until we have such criteria we'll have the problem that ad-hoc hackers will claim that they're agile.

- Scott


I read somewhere that pair programming comes under Agile, but your list doesn't mention it...
Ilja Preuss
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Originally posted by ankur rathi:


I read somewhere that pair programming comes under Agile, but your list doesn't mention it...


Well, Pair Programming is certainly one way to work "in a highly collaborative, self-organizing manner?" It's a very effective one, but probably not really *required* to be Agile...


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