Chapter 7The Essence of Agile

With Ryan Martens1

Conceptually, agile is simple. Most everything is different.

What Are We Changing with Agile?

We’ve now reviewed a variety of agile methods and an iterative and incremental one that can be applied in a substantially agile fashion. As we begin to analyze them for commonality, we will find many common practices among them, and these common practices, plus a few extensions, form the basis for Parts II and III of this book.

And yet, when we compare the methods in aggregate to our former plan-based, stage-gated, and waterfall-like processes, we find far more differences than similarities. Indeed, it would not be too extreme to say that when it comes to software development and software project management ...

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