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Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed by Richard Turner, Barry Boehm

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1. Discipline, Agility, and Perplexity

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Perplexity abounds about agility, discipline, and software development

Discipline is the foundation for any successful endeavor. Athletes train, musicians practice, craftsmen perfect techniques, and engineers apply processes. Without these basic skills there may be an occasional success using natural talent, but professional consistency and long-term prospects are limited. The strength and comfort that come from discipline support the endeavor when things are difficult, when the body or mind is under the weather, or when something new or unexpected arises and a response is required. Discipline creates well-organized ...

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