Agile Tour 2012 Bucharest October 26, 2012
We are uncovering better ways of developing                    software by doing it and helping others do it.             ...
Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuablesoftware.Welcome changing...
DSDM                                                      Lean      FDD                                     Scrum         ...
“Change imposed is change    opposed”        Dr. Spencer Johnson   No practitioners involvement   Lack of a proper chang...
“There are no exceptions to the    rule that everybody likes to be    an exception to the rule.”      Charles Osgood   “O...
“Persuasion is often more    effectual than force.”      Aesop   Use persuasion, not manipulation   Motivate practitione...
“Better train people and risk    they leave – than do nothing    and risk they stay” -- Anonymous   Invest in training, b...
“When you replace I with We,    even Illness becomes    Wellness” -- Anonymous                                            ...
3PRO-LAB Consulting SRL   Address    26 Sfintii Voievozi St    Bucharest 1, RO 010966    Romania - Europe   E-mail: office...
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  • Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.  Teams of people build software systems, and to do that they need to work together effectively – including but not limited to programmers, testers, project managers, modelers, and your customers.  Who do you think would develop a better system: five software developers and with their own tools working together in a single room or five low-skilled “hamburger flippers” with a well-defined process, the most sophisticated tools available, and the best offices money could buy?  If the project was reasonably complex my money would be on the software developers, wouldn’t yours?  The point is that the most important factors that you need to consider are the people and how they work together because if you don’t get that right the best tools and processes won’t be of any use.  Tools and processes are important, don’t get me wrong, it’s just that they’re not as important as working together effectively.  Remember the old adage, a fool with a tool is still a fool.  As Fred Brooks points out in The Mythical Man Month, this can be difficult for management to accept because they often want to believe that people and time, or men and months, are interchangeable.Working software over comprehensive documentation.  When you ask a user whether they would want a fifty page document describing what you intend to build or the actual software itself, what do you think they’ll pick?  My guess is that 99 times out of 100 they’ll choose working software.  If that is the case, doesn’t it make more sense to work in such a manner that you produce software quickly and often, giving your users what they prefer?  Furthermore, I suspect that users will have a significantly easier time understanding any software that you produce than complex technical diagrams describing its internal workings or describing an abstraction of its usage, don’t you?  Documentation has its place, written properly it is a valuable guide for people’s understanding of how and why a system is built and how to work with the system.  However, never forget that the primary goal of software development is to create software, not documents – otherwise it would be called documentation development wouldn’t it?Customer collaboration over contract negotiation.  Only your customer can tell you what they want.  Yes, they likely do not have the skills to exactly specify the system.  Yes, they likely won’t get it right the first. Yes, they’ll likely change their minds.  Working together with your customers is hard, but that’s the reality of the job.  Having a contract with your customers is important, having an understanding of everyone’s rights and responsibilities may form the foundation of that contract, but a contract isn’t a substitute for communication.  Successful developers work closely with their customers, they invest the effort to discover what their customers need, and they educate their customers along the way.Responding to change over following a plan.  People change their priorities for a variety of reasons.  As work progresses on your system your project stakeholder’s understanding of the problem domain and of what you are building changes.  The business environment changes.  Technology changes over time, although not always for the better.  Change is a reality of software development, a reality that your software process must reflect.  There is nothing wrong with having a project plan, in fact I would be worried about any project that didn’t have one.  However, a project plan must be malleable, there must be room to change it as your situation changes otherwise your plan quickly becomes irrelevant. 
  • Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.  For some reason many people within IT have seem to have forgotten that the goal of software development should be the development of software.  Or, perhaps the problem is that they think that they need to define everything up front before they can start building software, whereas an evolutionary approach to development seems to work much better.Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage.  Like it or not, requirements will change throughout a software development project.  Traditional software developers will often adopt change management processes which are designed to prevent/reduce scope creep, but when you think about it these are really change prevention processes, not change management processes.  Agilistsembrace change and instead follow an agile change management approach which treats requirements as a prioritized stack which is allowed to vary over time.Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter time scale. Frequent delivery of working software provides stakeholders with concrete feedback, making the current status of your project transparent while at the same time providing an opportunity for stakeholders to provide improved direction for the development team.Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. Your project is in serious trouble if you don't have regular access to your project stakeholders.  Agile developers adopt practices such as on-site customer and active stakeholder participation, and adopt inclusive tools and techniques which enable stakeholders to be actively involved with software development.Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done. Too many organizations have a vision that they can hire hordes of relatively unskilled people, provide them with a CMMI/ISO/...-compliant process description, and that they will successfully develop software.  This doesn't seem to work all that well in practice.  Agile teams, on the other hand, realize that you need build teams from people who are willing to work together collaboratively and learn from each other.  They have the humility to respect one another and realize that people are a primary success factor in software development.The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.  For a software development team to succeed its members must communicate and collaborate effectively.  There are many ways which people can communicate together, and as you can see face-to-face communication at a shared drawing environment (such as paper or a whiteboard) is the most effective way to do so.Working software is the primary measure of progress.  The primary measure of software development should be the delivery of working software which meets the changing needs of its stakeholders, not some form of "earned value" measure based on the delivery of documentation of the holding of meetings.Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.  Just like you can't sprint for an entire marathon, you can't successfully develop software by forcing people to work overtime for months at a time.  My experience is that you can only do high-quality, intellectual work for 5-6 hours a day before burning yourself out.  Yes, the rest of the day can be filled up with email, meetings, water cooler discussions, and so on, but people's ability to do "real work" is limited.  Yes, you might be able to do high-quality work for 12 hours a day, and do so for a few days straight, but after awhile you become exhausted and all you accomplish is 12 hours of mediocre work a day.  Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.  It's much easier to understand, maintain, and evolve high-quality source code than it is to work with low-quality code.  Therefore, agilists know that they need to start with good code, to keep it good via refactoring, and take a test-driven approach so that they know at all times that their software works.  We also adopt and follow development guidelines, in particular coding guidelines and sometimes even modeling guidelines.Simplicity – the art of maximizing the amount of work not done – is essential.  Agile developers focus on high value activities, we strive to maximize our stakeholder's return on investment in IT, and we either cut out or automate the drudge work.  The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.  This is one of the most radical principles of the agile movement, one which I would love to see researched thoroughly by the academic community.  The Agile Model Driven Development (AMDD) and test-driven design (TDD) methods are the primary approaches within the agile community for ensure the emergence of effective architectures, requirements, and designs.At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjusts its behavior accordingly.  Software process improvement (SPI) is a continual effort, and techniques such as retrospectives should be adopted to enable you to improve your approach to software development.
  • Methodologies share common principles,but differ in practices• eXtreme Programming (XP) - Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham, Ron Jeffries• Scrum - Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland• Evolutionary Project Management (Evo) - Tom Gilb• Unified Process (UP) - Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson (RUP); Scott Ambler (AUP)• Crystal - Alistair Cockburn• Lean Development (LD) – Robert Charette• Adaptive Software Development (ASD) - Jim Highsmith and Sam Bayer• Dynamic System Development Method (DSDM) – DSDM Consortium• Feature Driven Development (FDD) - Jeff DeLuca and Peter CoadXP• Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham, Ron Jeffries based onexperience from C3 project• XP has nothing new, yet it has something new!• Four values, Twelve practices– Based on what has worked on projects, taking them to extreme• If something is good why not do it all the time?• Small teams (under 20)• Onsite customer presence• Planning game– Negotiate requirements in form of stories captured on indexcards• 2 to 3 weeks iteration• Scales well for problem size within limits, but does notscale well for team size– But, a competent smaller team is better than a large team followingheavier methodologies• Deemphasizes documentation– Accelerates development, but may be a problem for transition later onScrum• Developed by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland• Name derived from Rugby– Groups effort to move quickly to counter the opposite team,adjusting the move along progress• Scrum Master – coach for the team– Looks outward keeping distractions out– Trusts the self-managed team to get work done• Sprint – 30 days iteration cycle with pre-sprint andpost-sprint activities• Scrum meeting – Short standup meeting tocommunicate and monitor progress• Backlog – used for planning– Features and estimate of duration for each task– Task for sprint picked from the pool of tasks– Used to decide features for sprint and plan out the work• Sprint Goal – minimum success criterion to steer andkeep focusEvo• Oldest iterative and incremental method– introduced in 1960s by Tom Gilb, published 1976• Short (5 days) iteration• Evolutionary requirements and design• Recommends measurable short list of projectobjectives• Avoids big up-front specification– Evolving requirements• Recommends use of a Planguage – aspecification language that could make itceremonial• Emphasizes measurable progress• Frequent delivery to stakeholdersCrystal Family• Alistair Cockburn• Framework of related methods addressing variability ofenvironment and specific characteristics of projects– Size of development team– Project criticality• Loss - due to defect - of comfort, essential money, discretionarymoney, life• Crystal a metaphor for color and hardness– Clear, yellow, orange, red• People and Communication centric• Lighter (color) is better as long as it lasts– See/show significant consequence or risk before implementinga harder/darker version• Project specific methodologiesLD• Developed by Robert Charette based on leanmanufacturing - proprietary• Risk entrepreneurship turn risk into opportunity• Phases:– Startup• Planning, business cases, feasibility studies– steady state• Series of short spirals– transition-renewal• Doc developed and delivered• More business strategies and project managementapproach– Involves everyone, not just developers– Focused on accessing and achieving business value• LD is “strategic, business-down approach whereas mostagile approaches are tactical, program team-oriented innature.”ASD• Developed by Jim Highsmith and Sam Bayerbased on rapid application development (RAD)• Emphasizes continuous adaptation of theprocess• Speculate, Collaborate, and learn cycles• Continuous learning and adaptation as projectemerges• Mission focused, feature based, iterative,timeboxed, risk driven, and change tolerant• Non prescriptive in nature – not much on howto do things, more of opportunities to take tomeet the goalDSDM• Developed by DSDM consortium– Mostly European• Five phases: feasibility, business study,functional model iteration, design and builditeration, implementation• Strong emphasis for project managementactivities• 10 project roles (a person may play more thanone role)• Plans evolve based on increments• Timeboxing means for planning, monitoring,controlling• Prioritized using MoSCow– Must have, Should have, Could have, Want• Designed for small teams, but scales upFDD• Jeff DeLuca and Peter Coad• Simple process, modeling, short iteration cycle• Good people for domain knowledge, design,and development• Expects requirements to be well captured andunderstood• Expects classes to be assigned to individuals• Emphases on getting the architecture right• Suitable for stable systems with predictableEvolution
  • Agile tour 2012 intro

    1. 1. Agile Tour 2012 Bucharest October 26, 2012
    2. 2. We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: 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 is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. Manifesto for Agile Software DevelopmentAgile Tour Bucharest 2012, October 26 2012
    3. 3. Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuablesoftware.Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change forthe customers competitive advantage.Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with apreference to the shorter timescale.Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project.Build projects around motivated individuals. Give them the environment and support they need,and trust them to get the job done.The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a developmentteam is face-to-face conversation.Working software is the primary measure of progress.Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should beable to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential.The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes and adjustsits behavior accordingly. Principles behind the Agile Manifesto Agile Tour Bucharest 2012, October 26 2012
    4. 4. DSDM Lean FDD Scrum RUP AUP XP ADS Crystal Evo Agile UniverseAgile Tour Bucharest 2012, October 26 2012
    5. 5. “Change imposed is change opposed” Dr. Spencer Johnson No practitioners involvement Lack of a proper change management Failure FactorsAgile Tour Bucharest 2012, October 26 2012 Imposed Change
    6. 6. “There are no exceptions to the rule that everybody likes to be an exception to the rule.” Charles Osgood “Our project is different” syndrome “I know better” syndrome Failure FactorsAgile Tour Bucharest 2012, October 26 2012 Reasons to reject
    7. 7. “Persuasion is often more effectual than force.” Aesop Use persuasion, not manipulation Motivate practitioners by anticipating success Value feedback Success FactorsAgile Tour Bucharest 2012, October 26 2012 Persuade
    8. 8. “Better train people and risk they leave – than do nothing and risk they stay” -- Anonymous Invest in training, both technical and process oriented Success FactorsAgile Tour Bucharest 2012, October 26 2012 Train People
    9. 9. “When you replace I with We, even Illness becomes Wellness” -- Anonymous Success FactorsAgile Tour Bucharest 2012, October 26 2012 Team Work
    10. 10. 3PRO-LAB Consulting SRL Address 26 Sfintii Voievozi St Bucharest 1, RO 010966 Romania - Europe E-mail: office@3pro-lab.ro WEB: www.3pro-lab.ro Contact InformationAgile Tour Bucharest 2012, October 26 2012
    11. 11. ENJOY!Agile Tour Bucharest 2012, October 26 2012
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