The Secret Assumption of Agile

One of the most important factors of success in delivering Agile projects is to recognize that the programming style of developers on the team is not well ­aligned with Agile. This presentation discusses this flaw and remedies for it, as well as touching on several other key success enablers.

The initial element of success is being able to write code that is easily changed. This style of coding, rooted in the beginnings of the Agile movement, is not publicized nearly enough (and even ignored in eXtreme Programming Explained, the first Agile book.) We illustrate this different style with several real projects. We move on to outline how teams on our projects have acquired the skills to write programs that are easily changed, and suggest a model for how to improve. We conclude by suggesting that team structure is essential to adopting necessary change.

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