Agile Software Development: It's Not the Wild West

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Embracing Change: The ability to truly respond to change while achieving goals is at the heart of a successful Agile operation. As an iteration is completed, customer changes should be welcome because this means that we are getting closer to what the customer wants. It can be difficult to accommodate change because we all want to know what is coming next so we can plan accordingly.

Summary
When listening to people talk about Agile, try to understand their point of view. What is their Agile persona (e.g., Innovator, Champion, Bandwagon Enthusiast, or Deceiver)? Do they understand what they are saying? Deceivers will purposefully send the wrong message using this as an opportunity to throw out all processes and documentation. Most bandwagon enthusiasts are involved because it is "hot" but not really invested in the method discarding it when the next "hot" thing comes along. Work horses will have in-depth working experience and will speak the hard truths about Agile, with the benefits and the warts. Champions are very pro-Agile advancing the cause and state of the practice. While employing Agile implies a cultural shift, the Agile community must continue to communicate the strengths and weaknesses. While no solution is a silver bullet, Agile can provide a nice silver lining for certain types of projects in the software development field.

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Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

<strong>Mario Moreira</strong> is a Columnist for the CM Journal, a writer for the Agile Journal, an Author, an Agile and CM expert for CA, and has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the Agile field since 1998. He has experience with numerous CM technologies and processes and has implemented CM on over 150 applications/products, which include establishing global SCM infrastructures. He is a certified ScrumMaster in the Agile arena having implemented Scrum and XP practices. He holds an MA in Mass Communication with an emphasis on communication technologies. Mario also brings years of Project Management, Software Quality Assurance, Requirement Management, facilitation, and team building skills and experience. Mario is the author of a new book entitled “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0470746637?tag=cmf06-20&amp;camp=213761&amp;cre... Configuration Management for Agile Teams</a></strong>” (via Wiley Publishing). It provides an Agile Primer and a CM Primer, and how to adapt CM practices for Agile Teams. Mario is also the author of the CM book entitled, “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Software-Configuration-Management-Implementation-R... Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap.</a></strong>” It includes step-by-step guidance for implementing SCM at the organization, application, and project level with numerous examples. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at <a href="http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/">http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/</a>.
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