Agile Hype: VanDev Podcast

April 26, 2009 by
Filed under: Agility, Podcast 

There is no single development, in either technology or management technique, which by itself promises even one order-of-magnitude improvement within a decade in productivity, in reliability, in simplicity. – Fred Brooks, from his No Silver Bullet essay

It has been almost 8 years since seventeen men got together in Utah to craft the Agile Manifesto. Since then, depending on who you listen to, agile practices have either totally turned the software industry around, or we are witnessing the latest attempt at defining that silver bullet.

In this presentation to Vancouver’s Software Developers Network on April 2nd, Jim presented his experiences with a wide range of organizations over the years (even predating the manifesto), citing both good and not-so-good examples in the context of agility. He identified the benefits that this movement has provided to the industry, the challenges that remain to be overcome, and a suggested approach for allowing the movement to realize its full promise.

Regardless of your viewpoint, there are sure to be opinions expressed that you will agree with, and one or two that will generate rich debate on this hot topic.

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