- Adaptive -- responsive to change (based on feedback and learning), rather than predictive plan-driven. Plans, designs, and processes are regularly tuned and adjusted to adapt to changing needs and requirements
- Goal/value-driven -- scope and solutions/activities are focused on and constrained by value-demand, producing executable-results (working functionality) in order of highest business value
- Iterative & Incremental -- short development cycles, frequent releases, regular feedback
- Lean -- simple design, streamlined processes, elimination of redundant information, and barely sufficient documentation and methodology
- Emergent results from Evolvable structures -- successful results emerge over time, using close collaboration to create "firm yet flexible" design structures that are relatively easy to dynamically change & evolve into what the final result needs to be. This pertains to structures of team/organizations as much as it does to architecture, processes, requirements and plans.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Five Traits of Agile Projects
I submit that any project which successfully executes their practices in accordance with Agile values and principles will exhibit the following key traits (Note the acronym formed):