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27 August 2007

A critique of Agile as the new way

The Agile Method and Other Fairly Tales, by David Longstreet is quite a strong argument for why you are unlikely to get results from switching to an agile development methodology.

When you read the article you find the argument compelling.

If you are considering the methodology, or if you are a die hard fan this is probably an important article to read.

David is an IT professional, but is also a statistician and financial analyst. His broad industry observations are that agile isn't delivering results and that the real place to focus attention is on a quality approach to requirements management.

Read the article here.

No doubt the title should be The Agile Method and Other Fairy Tales. I also hear that Longstret is doing a talk on this topic for Atlanta SPIN soon.

==added 10th Sept==

David's offers his background in more detail;

I started this software journey as a programmer. My first software language was machine instructional cross assembler. It was basically hexadecimal machine language. I could really pump that stuff out. Early in my career I wrote Fortran code for theoretical physicists solving complex mathematical equations. Over my career I programmed in COBOL, C, C++, and Java. I actually co-authored a DOS 5.0 book that is obsolete now. Prior to becoming a consultant, I managed software developers, testers and production support teams. I have managed both technical staff and functional groups. I started out with punch cards and now I use a Mac.

For over two decades of my life I have been dedicated to the idea of improving software productivity and quality. I have traveled the globe consulting and studying software organizations that support just about every industry including banking, aerospace, retailers, animal food, telephone, consulting companies, healthcare, defense contractors, package delivery, automotive, travel, government agencies, and insurance. I have worked for organizations with only a few employees and others with billion dollar budgets.