e-Talk Radio: Extreme Programming, 1 February 2001

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But in systems that doesn't happen. We say, "Well, I kinda sorta think it's going to be like this." And we have these to-be-determined areas. Well, number one, how can you know if your requirement is right if you don't know what it's supposed to deliver? If you don't know how to test it? And that's one of the premises of Extreme Programming, is that you come up with your tests before you actually write a line of code. And if you can't test it, it's really not a requirement. So that's a bit of a problem. Now, it may sound like we spend most of our time testing, abandoning the solid requirements process, and really spend all our time coding in XP. So once you get the tests done, oh everybody just sits down and hacks. That's not the case at all. Actually, what happens is the analysis and design in XP lifecycle takes up 40% to 65% of the time. Coding is a mere 5%. And testing and support is actually 30% to 55%.

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Carol A. Dekkers is President of Quality Plus Technologies, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in creating peace of mind for companies who want to improve their software processes. Software measurement, software quality, process improvement, requirements, and software sizing (using function point analysis, as an example) are a few of the Quality Plus areas of specialization.

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