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  • An Introduction to XP and Agile Jason Yip, [email_address] http://
  • What’s the problem?
  • Software takes too long , costs too much , and requires too many people
  • The plan is fantasy… and we don’t learn this until it’s too late
  • We’re wasting our lives doing things that don’t matter
  • Why do the problems occur?
  • We only have one opportunity to decide, so we ask for everything… and we waste time building what we don’t actually need
  • How often are features used?
  • We defer concrete validation until it’s too late to respond
  • We punish raising problems
  • We have too much specialisation
  • We have a “not my problem” culture
  • What do we want instead?
  • Any feature, any order, one at a time
  • Highest productivity, highest quality, lowest cost, highest morale
  • Real visibility about what’s happening
  • Learn about problems as early as possible
  • Less administrative work; more value-adding work
  • XP and Agile as a solution
  • Philosophy, Process, People, Problem Solving Problem Solving People Process Philosophy
  • Philosophy: Values
    • Simplicity
    • Communication
    • Feedback
    • Courage
    • Respect
  • Software is too damned hard to spend time on things that don't matter. So, starting over from scratch, what are we absolutely certain matters? … Listening, Testing, Coding, Designing. That's all there is to software. Anyone who tells you different is selling something. Kent Beck,
  • Process: Just-in-Time
  • User Stories
    • AS an Agile team member, I WANT a way to have self-contained small units of work SO THAT I can focus on one thing at a time, show visible progress earlier, and allow for negotiation
  • Card, Conversation, Confirmation
    • Card – index card; physical token used for visual planning and tracking
    • Conversation – primary medium of communication supplemented as necessary with documentation
    • Confirmation – Examples that indicate when story is complete; turned into automated tests
  • Timeboxed iterative-incremental development
  • Small Releases
  • Process: Built-in Quality
  • Mistake proofing
    • Eliminate – Don’t build it – YAGNI
    • Replace – Use a reliable library
    • Prevent by design
    • Facilitate – Only use the useful features, ignore the rest
    • Detect as early as possible – TDD, CI, pair programming
    • Mitigate – Make sure problems don’t cascade; error-handling
  • Test-driven Development
    • Think
    • Red
    • Green
    • Refactor
    • Repeat
  • Continuous Integration
  • Pair Programming
  • People: T-shaped people
  • People: Whole Team
  • Authority vs Responsibility
  • Problem Solving: Daily Standups
    • What did I accomplish yesterday?
    • What will I do today?
    • What obstacles are impeding my progress?
  • Problem Solving: Retrospectives
    • What did we do well, that if we don’t discuss we might forget?
    • What did we learn?
    • What should we do differently next time?
    • What still puzzles us?
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  • Problem Solving: Spikes over speculation
    • "What is the simplest thing we can program that will convince us we are on the right track?“
    • Ward Cunningham
  • Why should we believe this will work?
  • This is the evolution of what we’ve learned over decades
    • “ Although many view iterative and incremental development as a modern practice, its application dates as far back as the mid-1950s.”
    • Craig Larman and Victor R. Basili
  • Don’t believe… think for yourself… try something… see what happens… adjust
  • For some more conventional introductions…
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