Chapter 34. Applicability of Agile Methods

It really isn't sufficient to suggest that Agile methods are better and leave it at that. It really isn't acceptable to suggest that you can pick any Agile method and you will see the correct results. Some Agilists might like to suggest a one-size-fits-all approach, but most experienced managers will tell you that such a suggestion usually implies a management fad rather than a real trend and improvement [Miller 2002]. As I genuinely believe that Agile methods are a genuine trend and are truly better for many software businesses, it is necessary to consider when Agile methods may not be applicable.

Dividing up the Process Space

Figure 34-1 divides the project space into a 2 × 2 grid. The rows divide ...

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