New England Software Symposium
March 20 - 22, 2009 - Boston, MA
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Agile, Relevance Style
The Agile Manifesto, like any good scripture, admits of many interpretations. There is no one "right path." What works for us may not work for you. At Relevance we have tried many paths, and learned many lessons. Join us to see dozens of ideas that have worked for us, plus some that haven't.
The Agile Manifesto states four key values:
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
- Working software over comprehensive documentation.
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation.
- Responding to change over following a plan.
That manifesto sounds great, but perhaps a little vague. It gets more concrete quickly when you start doing it! In this talk, we will share our experiences, both good and bad, with various practices and problems associated with agile:
- Pairing all the time (except when we don’t)
- Running cross-project retrospectives
- Code coverage standards
- Choosing the sharpest tools
- Fixed-bid projects
- Handling budget problems
- Teaching customers
- Setting the wrong kinds of targets
- Holding all participants accountable
- Forking everything
- Introducing new technologies
Hold on tight to your sacred cows, because no assumption you have about agile will be safe.
About Stuart Halloway
Stuart Halloway is the CEO of Relevance, Inc. (www.thinkrelevance.com). With co-founder Justin Gehtland, Stuart helps companies adopt agile, as well as innovative technologies such as Clojure and Ruby on Rails. Stuart is the author of Programming Clojure, Rails for Java Developers, and Component Development for the Java Platform. Prior to founding Relevance, Stuart was the Chief Architect at Near-Time, and the Chief Technical Officer at DevelopMentor.More About Stuart »