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Agile Software Development Ecosystems by Jim Highsmith

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Chapter 25. Designing Your Agile Methodology

 

The most effective teams create themselves.

 
 --Tom Petzinger, The New Pioneers

The word “methodology” has developed a bad connotation for many people—it raises the specter of bureaucracy, burdensome documentation, and micro-management—but methodologies assist in improving performance and providing solutions for customers. The American Heritage Dictionary offers two definitions of methodology. The first definition, “The system of principles, practices, and procedures applied to any specific branch of knowledge,” fits the traditional rigorous methodology mold. However, the second definition, “The branch of logic dealing with the general principles of the formation of knowledge,” fits more closely with ...

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