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Agile Software Development Ecosystems by Jim Highsmith

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Chapter 7. Rely on People

 

Apprenticeship takes a long time because it takes time to absorb the culture and ethics of a craft.

 
 --Pete McBreen, Software Craftsmanship

ThoughtWorks

Martin Fowler, coauthor of Planning Extreme Programming (with Kent Beck, 2001) and chief scientist at ThoughtWorks, Inc., has been instrumental in bringing the concepts of XP and other Agile processes to projects. Agility is considered to be a core competency and a competitive differentiator at ThoughtWorks. But no one ever said it was easy.

“Personally, and I can say this as the person who introduced XP to the team and as the team coach, I am beginning to loathe XP,” commented Jack Bolles, project manager for one of ThoughtWorks' projects. Now that was too good a quote ...

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