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User-Centered Agile Methods by Hugh Beyer

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CHAPTER 2

Common Agile Methods

Though agile development is a new movement in the industry, iterative development has a long and successful history. Agile enthusiasts point to the development of the space shuttle avionics in the 1970’s, developed iteratively because of the “high risk” involved1. The initial development of WordPerfect in the 1980’s was a classic agile project, as people in the company described it to us: Alan Ashton and Bruce Bastian developed the word processor for the city of Orem, Utah. They could sit with their users to discover problems, code fixes and enhancements in the afternoon, and give the secretaries a new version to try the next day. And Boehm described a “spiral model” of development in 19882.

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