Chapter 20. Applying XP

Five years ago I thought that if I did a better job of programming, other people would like me and want to follow my example. It turns out that applying XP is not as simplistic as this. XP takes place in a complex social context, so simply applying techniques doesn’t give you control of the organization or even your project.

Applying XP and seeing dramatic results takes a while, more like years than weeks. You should see big improvement in the first weeks and months, but those improvements only set the stage for the big leaps forward that happen further down the road. There is so much waste in software development. The waste is rooted more in what we believe and feel than in what we do. Becoming aware of and addressing ...

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