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General Development InfoWorld offers a look back at the first decade of agile programming. Forged in February 2001 when a group of developers convened in Utah to find an alternative to documentation-driven, 'heavyweight' software development practices, The Manifesto for Agile Software Development sought to promote processes that accommodate changing requirements, collaboration with customers, and delivery of software in short iterations. Fast-forward a decade, and agile software development is becoming increasingly commonplace, with software firms adopting agile offshoots such as Scrum, Extreme Programming, and Kanban - a trend some see benefiting software development overall
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terrible article
by google_ninja on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 00:16 UTC
google_ninja
Member since:
2006-02-05

There isn't any conclusion, just a few comments by kent beck and ward cunningham surrounded with background and history.

There have been many, many crimes committed in the name of agile. I think overall we are better off then we were though, since nowadays people at the very least pay lip service towards doing things the right way, rather then having their programmers completely isolated from everyone and everything else in the business. Unit testing is normal now in enterprise development, again, not unit testing _well_, but anything is probably better then nothing.

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RE: terrible article
by dpJudas on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 04:16 in reply to "terrible article"
dpJudas Member since:
2009-12-10

Not sure I agree.

Bad unit testing can be worse than no unit testing. Wasting your developers time writing a test that doesn't test anything properly is just a waste of time. Or worse, it tests that the code does what the code does thus making the test fail when you fix the code.

Even worse, an unit test is often described as the holy solution to all bugs, which again makes a lot of developers stop thinking about how to write resilient code. The unit test is supposed to find the bugs in it anyway. When the program then crashes at the customer, they conclude the unit test wasn't good enough instead of the way the code was written.

This is not to say that unit tests don't make sense, but I find the very overrated personally in the same way code reuse is often considered more important than any other requirements.

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RE[2]: terrible article
by Gunderwo on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 05:05 in reply to "RE: terrible article"
Gunderwo Member since:
2006-01-03

In my experience there are a lot of companies that say they use Agile methodologies and do TDD when all they're doing is paying lip service to the buzz words that make them feel better.

In order for agile methods to work the developers and managers need to actually understand the how, and why of each step and do it right otherwise it's just adding extra overhead.

I've worked at several places that will SCRUM but then never do burndowns and calculate velocities. Or think that because they didn't get everything done in a sprint they can just add the missed tasks to the next sprint and end up in the same place at the end of the next one.

Bad management is bad management no matter what the buzzword methodology being used. And bad developers will always be bad developers if they don't try and learn how to become better.

Edited 2010-11-03 05:06 UTC

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RE[2]: terrible article
by Troels on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 09:32 in reply to "RE: terrible article"
Troels Member since:
2005-07-11

Test driven development unit testing cant find all errors and is not meant to find all errors, if you try to make them do that, then you are doing it wrong. (not that there is anything wrong with systematic testing, but lets not confuse that with TDD or other agile methods)

The tests are mainly supposed to help you drive the code forward and let you refactor code while maintaining a reasonable belief that you have not broken anything.

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