7 Agile Best Practices that You Don't Need to Follow

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Jim Bird pulls apart some of the bits of Agile.

Unlike most articles on the human side of software development, this brings up some interesting research on agile principles In the Real World™.


  1. Tests first or tests after isn’t important. Just that they’re there.
  2. Pair programming as a default option seems to be counterproductive.
  3. Remote pair programming (across locations, cultures, etc) doesn’t seem to work at all.
  4. But, as a tool for certain situations (bring in new developers to a codebase or solving a specific problem, for example) it works rather well.
  5. Daily stand up meetings a bit pointless taken as a constant.

Of course, like a tools, agile can look just like a fancy hammer.

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