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User-Centered Agile Methods by Hugh Beyer

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CHAPTER 7

Conclusion

Every ten years or so, a new enthusiasm sweeps through the software development community. Structured Design, Object-Oriented Design, the Rational Unified Process, and now agile Development have all had their day. The fads come and go, but each one leaves behind a valuable residue that becomes part of the permanent toolkit: programmers still structure code according to the principles of structured design, developers still organize function into self-contained objects, and when the agile boom passes, we can expect that software projects will still organize development in short, well-defined sprints each delivering testable user value. The current enthusiasm over agile methods may be a fad, but agile, iterative development ...

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