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Agile Software Development Ecosystems by Jim Highsmith

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Chapter 19. Crystal Methods

 

Focusing on skills, communications, and community allows the project to be more effective and more agile than focusing on processes and plans.

 
 --Alistair Cockburn

Crystal Methods, Alistair Cockburn's contribution to the Agile community, articulate the primacy of communication and conversation. Software development is “a cooperative game of invention and communication,” says Alistair (Cockburn 2002). He focuses on people, interaction, community, skills, talents, and communications as first-order effects on performance. Process remains important, but secondary.

If the first-order effects on performance relate to people and community and the second-order effects relate to process and tools, then how do these observations ...

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