Agile Year In Review

Posted on January 28th, 2009 in Agile by siddharta || 1 Comment

The article that follows first appeared in the Tools For Agile newsletter.

It’s a new year and what better time than now to look back at all the happenings in the year gone by. 2008 will be remembered as the year when agile went mainstream. No longer are companies asking if agile is the right process for software development, instead the big question of the year was how to get started with agile.

However, this is a two edged sword as many companies are jumping onto the agile bangwagon without really understanding what agile is all about, and thereby setting themselves up for failure. At the same time, many agile experts have been innovating with variations to the core agile process to see if it can be improved. We saw the emergence of varieties like Lean-Agile and Kanban.

Keeping all this in mind, we’ve chosen six topics from the past year — two each for the beginner to agile, two for the intermediate and two for the agile expert.


If you have just started out doing agile, then here are a couple of articles to improve your implementation of agile:


You’ve done agile for a while and you understand the principles and values of agile. You want to apply agile in new contexts:


You thoroughly understand the practices, principles and values of agile. You not only know how to do something, but also why it is done that way. You want the latest cutting edge trends:

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