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Agile Software Development Ecosystems by Jim Highsmith

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Chapter 3. Agility

 

Agility does not come in a can. One size does not fit all. There are no five common steps to achievement.

 
 --Rick Dove, Response Ability

If turbulence and turmoil define the problem, then agility is key to the solution.

We software developers and high-tech managers often look at ourselves as being in the forefront of innovation. Agile approaches appear, from inside our profession, to be the cutting edge. But if we look across the aisle into the realm of manufacturing, we might be considered on the trailing edge rather than the cutting edge. Witness, for example, the rise of lean manufacturing practices ignited by the Japanese automobile manufacturers and well documented in The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean ...

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