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Agile software development, the principles. Principle 9 : Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility
This is the ninth of 12 posts about the principles of agile software development. Purpose is to go back to the start of the agile manifesto (http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html) and discuss the implementation of the 12 principles in real life software engineering. Goals of agility are to go deliver software of higher quality, faster, with a higher acceptance to end-users and able to follow the changing business requirements to strive for competitive advantage.
The question is: is this going to work in practice or is this only based on a nice marketing and sales story.
Principle 9: Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility.
The first time I looked at this principle I thought: “How is this possible”. Agility focuses on quickly delivering working software (reading: “Quick and dirty”). I experienced this is not true. Attention to technical excellence is making the agile process working better. Technical excellence can make the development process more flexible. In this context I would like to point out that there is a difference between technical excellence / good design compared to complex design and technical complexity. How many More >