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

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3. A Day in the Life

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Agile and disciplined methods each have a vision of how software development should be.

So what does it feel like to develop software according to plan-driven or agile methods? In this chapter we try to portray the activities in a typical day on a software development project as performed by a plan-driven, PSP/TSP-trained team and by an agile, XP-trained team. First, we describe the activities of a typical day—one that falls well within the normal range of expected activities. Then we show how different the days might be if a significant event disrupts the normal activities—a crisis day. Finally, we discuss the similarities, ...

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