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  Agile Documentation: Strategies for Agile Software Development
Agile developers recognize that documentation is an intrinsic part of any system, the creation and maintenance of which is a “necessary evil” to some and an enjoyable task for others, an aspect of software development that can be made agile when you choose to do so.
Agile documents will often provide references to other sources of information, for example a contract model describing the interface to an external system could indicate that the SOAP 1.1 protocol is being used and provide a reference to the XML DTD and schema definition which define the XML documents transmitted between systems.
Agile software development is new to many organizations and as a result there is significant fear and uncertainty concerning its viability, and although it’s frustrating at times this is actually a good thing because it means that people care.
www.agilemodeling.com /essays/agileDocumentation.htm   (9228 words)

 The New Methodology
Agile methods assert that no process will ever make up the skill of the development team, so the role of a process is to support the development team in their work.
In software the amount of time spent in coding is much, much less McConnell suggests that for a large project, only 15% of the project is code and unit test, an almost perfect reversal of the bridge building ratios.
Agile methods seek to take advantage of this, encouraging business people to learn about their needs as the system gets built, and to build the system in such a way that changes can be incorporated quickly.
www.martinfowler.com /articles/newMethodology.html   (8929 words)

 Agile software development - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The modern definition of agile software development evolved in the mid 1990s as part of a reaction against "heavyweight" methods, as typified by a heavily regulated, regimented, micro-managed use of the waterfall model of development.
Agile methods are a family of development processes, not a single approach to software development.
Agile methods are sometimes characterized as being at the opposite end of the spectrum from "plan-driven" or "disciplined" methodologies.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Agile_software_development   (3447 words)

 Agile Data Home Page
Some modern approaches, in particular XP and Scrum, are agile in nature (for the sake of simplicity, let's define agile software development as a highly collaborative and evolutionary approach).
My experience is that left to their own devices software developers will usually struggle to get the data stuff right, and will often make questionable decisions from an enterprise data point of view.
Developers should also understand how to choose a primary key strategy for a table, relational database fundamentals, XML, referential integrity and shared business logic, how to retrieve objects from an RDB, how to implement reports, security access control, transaction control, and concurrency control.
www.agiledata.org   (633 words)

 Portal for Agile Methodologies and Practices
Agile software development is an emerging force in the world of software development designed to face the challenges of an increasingly volatile marketplace.
But these Agile processes are not a total deviation from traditional software techniques, as Agile development employs many concepts that have been present for years, such as test-driven design, pair programming, and refactoring.
Many Agile practices have been adopted with success in industry, but widespread use remains to be seen in a world of more established, traditional heavyweight processes (such as the waterfall model).
agile.csc.ncsu.edu   (283 words)

 Agile Software Development
In Agile Software Development, legendary software expert Alistair Cockburn reviews the advantages and disadvantages of lightweight methods, synthesizing the field's key lessons into a simplified approach that allows developers to focus on building quality software rapidly, cost-effectively, and without burnout.
The development group's "team" ability, and the effects of the individual developer, become more important as organizations recognize that the traditional approach of increasing process pressure and overworking team members is not meeting getting the job done.
Core to agile software development is the use of light-but-sufficient rules of project behavior and the use of human- and communication-oriented rules.
www.businessanalysisbooks.com /0201699699.html   (2804 words)

 Agile Game Development
Most games are developed in phases...a design phase is followed by a prototype phase, followed by production and then an Alpha/Beta phase at the end.
This approach assumes that if we create a big document and plan and develop to that plan, we can create a game that not only meets its budget, schedule and scope, but also be fun.
Noel team has introduced Test Driven Development to the company and he and others present their findings at GDC and other venues in and out of the industry.
agilegamedevelopment.com   (403 words)

 ERCB: Agile Software Development
Agile Software Development is an introduction to lightweight software development philosophy, thought, and recommended practices.
The development of Agile software requires innovation and responsiveness, based on generating and sharing knowledge within a development team and the customer.
Appendix A - The Agile Software Development Manifesto
www.ercb.com /feature/feature.0068.html   (1398 words)

 Agile Software Development
This article takes a glimpse into the software development methodologies that are being applied in an attempt to catch up in the rapidly changing world in which we live.
Agile - denoting "the quality of being agile; readiness for motion; nimbleness, activity, dexterity in motion" - software development methods are attempting to offer an answer to the eager business community asking for lighter weight along with faster nimbler software development processes.
Agile development teams address this problem by using cross-functional teams that encourages direct communication and reduces the likelihood of miscommunication.
www2.umassd.edu /swpi/xp/papers.html   (2403 words)

 BioMed Central | Abstract | Agile methods in biomedical software development: a multi-site experience report
Agile is an iterative approach to software development that relies on strong collaboration and automation to keep pace with dynamic environments.
We found that the agile development approach was a good fit for our organizations, and that these practices should be applicable and valuable to other biomedical software development efforts.
Although we found differences in how agile methods were used, we were also able to identify a set of core practices that were common to all of the groups, and that could be a focus for others seeking to adopt these methods.
www.biomedcentral.com /1471-2105/7/273/abstract   (366 words)

 AgileKiwi - Practical Agile Software Development
If anything, you'll detect a slight anti-XP bias, which is my way of sticking up for all the other forms of agile development, such as Crystal Clear, Scrum and FDD.
Agile Development encourages a style of negotiation which has proven itself at the highest levels of business and international politics.
Crystal Clear is a methodology that summarises 10 years of research into successful software teams.
www.agilekiwi.com   (195 words)

 Agile Software Development: Definition
A lot of people have been asking the question "What is Agile Software Development?" and invariably they get a different definition depending on who they ask.
Agile is an iterative and incremental (evolutionary) approach to software development
You might find my articles Examining the Agile Manifesto and Agile System Development Lifecycle (SDLC) to be interesting introductions to agile software development.
www.agilemodeling.com /essays/agileSoftwareDevelopment.htm   (182 words)

 Software Projects and Software Management Forums - Agile Software Development MP3
If you are interested in agile software development this 40 minute interview from 2004 with Alistair Cockburn is higly recommended.
Software development is a series of resource-limited, goal directed cooperative games of invention and communication.
So, software development has falsely the term engineering within the content of today (applied maths and physics).
www.softwareprojects.org /forums/showthread.php?t=232   (584 words)

 Agile Software Development Ecosystems - $39.99   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In a highly volatile software development environment, developers must be nimble, responsive, and able to hit a moving target--in short, they must be agile.
This book describes--in depth--the most important principles of Agile development: delivering value to the customer, focusing on individual developers and their skills, collaboration, an emphasis on producing working software, the critical contribution of technical excellence, and a willingness to change course when demands shift.
Agile organizations are nimble (able to change directions quickly) and flexible (able to see how things that worked for them last week may not work as well next week).
www.informit.com /title/0201760436   (5271 words)

 Agile Knowledge
They will introduce Agile principles, processes, tools and organizational structures that enable product owners to support their Agile development team's need for continuous, just-in-time elaboration of requirements and acceptance tests.
The Home of Lean Software Development - Mary and Tom Poppendieck are a great source for consulting and education on the factors which underlie the speed, agility, discipline and creativity necessary to produce software in smaller batches.
The Crystal Methodologies for Agile Development - Dr. Alistair Cockburn is the author of two Jolt Productivity award-winning books, Agile Software Development and Writing Effective Use Cases, as well as Surviving OO Projects, he was one of the authors of the Agile Development Manifesto.
www.rallydev.com /agile_knowledge.jsp   (1457 words)

 Barnes & Noble.com - Books: Agile Software Development, by Alistair Cockburn, Paperback, Older Edition
For example, when you think of developers as participants in a cooperative game, you realize they're not the antisocial drudges they've been made out to be.
While Brooks mostly emphasize that the term "man-month" can't be applied to software development, DeMarko and Lister focus to productive environment and jelled teams, Alistair Cockburn with the book "Agile Software Development" covers much wider area, including the choice of the right methodology, problems of individuals and aspects of communication.
He has more than 20 years of experience leading projects in hardware and software development in insurance, retail, and e-commerce, on behalf of large organizations ranging from IBM to Central Bank of Norway.
search.barnesandnoble.com /booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?isbn=0201699699   (1611 words)

 Agile Alliance: Agile Alliance Home
The Agile Alliance is a non-profit organization that supports individuals and organizations who use agile approaches to develop software.
Driven by the simple priorities articulated in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, agile development approaches deliver value to organizations and end users faster and with higher quality.
If you'd like to join 2588 other supporters of agile development, become a member.
www.agilealliance.org   (270 words)

 Agile software development, mentoring, and coaching.
Jeff McKenna has been a practicing software professional since 1962 and has covered all technical aspects of software development including analysis, design, coding, testing, maintenance and training.
He has always been on the leading edge of computing from just being in software in the early 1960's to the development of mini computers and micro processors, to artificial intelligence and object oriented development and currently in the area of agile development practices.
Jeff has consulted with and taught software engineers at a number of companies including Tektronics, Cigna, Qwest, Sprint, United States Air Force, Amdahl, Lockheed, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Microsoft and a number of small startups.
www.agile-action.com   (224 words)

 Darrell Norton's Blog :   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
By skilled I mean knowledgeable of various technical issues, good at interpersonal communication skills (not something developers are noted for), experienced in the art of software development, and motivated to improve themselves, among other qualities.
Development tools such as the UML, object-oriented analysis, design, and development, ERDs, data flow diagrams, etc. You might not use some of these tools very often, but you need to know what their advantages and disadvantages are, and you need to actually have used them to do something, even if it was a "learning project."
Since most software development is moving to a more collaborative model, you cannot say "I only deal with schema," or any other specific technology or niche interest.
dotnetjunkies.com /WebLog/darrell.norton/archive/category/345.aspx   (1032 words)

 agile software development
Earnings attributed to the agile team's work for weeks 13 and 14 amount to 45,000 CU, calculated as follows: The total monthly revenue potential in this market segment is 250,000 CU, and as the first player to enter the market the company stands to earn up to 45% of that, or 112,500 CU per month.
Calculating the revenue attributable to the agile team in the same way as for weeks 13-14, we arrive at revenues of 50,625 CU for weeks 15-16.
The agile team is credited with revenues of 95,625 CU for the month.
www.davenicolette.net /agile   (988 words)

 IT Conversations: Alistair Cockburn
He's spent the last decade studying and writing about software development and learned that some of the most successful projects have the simplest processes.
In 2001 he and 16 other software-development heavyweights met to discuss so-called lightweight methodologies, and one result was the Agile Software Development Manifesto, which includes four value statements: individuals and interactions over processes and tools; working software over comprehensive documentation; customer collaboration over contract negotiation; and responding to change over following a plan.
Alistair's book is one of the early books on Agile Development and written quite closely after the signing of the Agile Manifesto.
www.itconversations.com /shows/detail175.html   (396 words)

 Agile Software Development
A movement for change within the domain of Software Development methodologies, which came to be formally named at the creation of the AgileManifesto.
The AgileAlliance was formed in 2001 to promote the concepts of agile software development, and help organizations adopt them.
For those of us very familiar with Agile, the AgileProcesses title is fairly transparent, because we have made the paradigm shift from Process-Driven to Agile methodologies.
c2.com /cgi/wiki?AgileSoftwareDevelopment   (858 words)

 Agile Software Development
This is an excellent book about how to develop software quickly in the face of changing requirements, and the definitive description of what Extreme Programming is. The second edition reflects the experience of doing XP for the 5 years since the first edition came out.
People build software systems in organizations, and the interesting problems often occur at the places where technology issues and people issues intersect.
Coplien and Harrison are two of the pioneers in writing patterns about software organizations, and this book is a useful guide to helping you understand how to build effective software development organizations.
www.berczuk.com /bookstore/AGILE.html   (2244 words)

 MSc/PGDip/PGCert Agile Software Development - Postgraduate Courses - University of Central Lancashire
For software developers who want to use agile methods, Agile development is a different approach to producing software.
It values working software, collaboration between individuals and response to change.
You study DSDM, managing agile projects, facilitated workshops and read widely on human factors of computing.
www.uclan.ac.uk /courses/pg/files/dcagsd.htm   (179 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Could == agile development, could == fragile development :)
Agile methods emphasize realtime communication, preferably face-to-face, over written documents.
They may be product managers, business analysts, or actual customers.) The bullpen may also include testers, interaction designers, technical writers, and managers.
www.ericd.net /2006/07/agile-software-development.inc   (75 words)

 Agile Software Development | VersionOne   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
VersionOne, built from the ground up to support iterative development, is the leading project planning and management tool designed specifically for agile development.
VersionOne is a web-based, software lifecycle management solution for planning and managing iterative software development projects.
VersionOne's software can be quickly deployed to a single team or across distributed organizations — with both licensed and hosted delivery options.
www.versionone.net /art/Agile-Software-Development   (288 words)

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