Jim Highsmith is one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto and its official historian.1 Highsmith said: On February 11-13, 2001, at The Lodge at Snowbird ski resort in the Wasatch mountains of Utah, seventeen people met to talk, ski, relax, and try to find common ground and of course, to eat. What emerged was […]
Adaptive Software Development
Adaptive Software Development (ASD) embodies principles that teach continuous adaptation to the work at hand is the status quo. ASD was created to replace traditional Waterfall variants. In a general sense, ASD processes represent a repeating series of speculate, collaborate and learn cycles. “Speculate” refers to the planning paradox—outcomes are unpredictable, therefore, endless suppositions on […]
Best of the Best Practices
In Chapter 2 of The Ultimate Guide to the SDLC, 12 historical system development models, both agile and waterfall based, are compared as well as one hybrid and one philosophy. The best practices from each model are extracted and extrapolated into a best of best practices model. None of the Waterfall or Agile models provide […]
Guess the Agile Method?
What popular agile development method names its participants after the characters found in the following story, first told by Bennett Cerf on June 13, 1950 and published in the Titusville, Pennsylvania Herald in the column “Try and Stop Me?” A hen and a pig were sauntering down the main street of an Indiana town when […]
Are You Waterfall or Agile?
This question was posed to me at lunch today. I am neither. I am best practice. Chapter 2 of The Ultimate Guide to the SDLC, takes a historical look at a dozen of the system development models that evolved over the last half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. This […]