Agile to Death 
2006-12-11, 21:38 - Programming, Agile
I've spent years on the barricades for the Agile methologies. Even before I knew what Agile was...

I've done my job struggling against formal and stiff development methods that believed more in the process itself than in the people doing the actual work. In the last two or three years this struggle has been a whole lot easier with the broad (somewhat...) acceptance of agile methods.

I now work as a Agile Project Leader trying to keep the agile spirit alive in the teams I coach. I think I'm doing a petty good job ::). But I can get better.. (and that's what agility is about a lot...improving yourself and others to get the job done).

Some personal principles I think I like:
- Keep it simple (small smart simple units make a working complex system. A system that is only complex NEVER works).
- Use your skills and adopt new ones. There's no excuse... agile is about people triggered by the wish to be better and to do great stuff.
- Be balanced. All principles should be considered with their pros and cons. YAGNI for instance is great to consider if you often over design stuff. But don't use it as an excuse for doing rigid non-generic implementations of problems we know will evolve. Be critical and try not to adopt to many ideas blindly...I guess this is experience talking :;)
- TDD and unit tests are great to have...sometimes. But don't bend yourself backward to test everything. And for the love of God keep the tests simple if anything.
- Think WE (or Win-Win). Try to fix everything yourself and you will probably fail (or at least get exhausted succeeding :;) ). It is hard work being a good team player. In agile development it is the team's responsibility to fix everything, even the process. Try to get along with people and incourage them to grow along with you. Communicate!! Think Win-Win. There are solutions we all can benifit from...find them. Empower the team...in mind as well!!

Well, just wanted to throw something up!! Guess I'll be blogging more about agile than WPF in the future :;)

BTW, if you live in the south of Sweden or Denmark and have an interest in Agile methologies be sure to check out Agile ěresund. It is a newly started user group for people interested and maybe experienced in agile methods, practices and technologies.

"Thanks for listening, I feel much better now..."

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