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Agile is great but don't bet lives on it, says founder

Stephen Bell | March 22, 2013
Agile development specialist Alistair Cockburn acknowledges "agile is not for every project, but the hard part is to name which projects it's not for."

In his main presentation, he was much more gung-ho on agile, pointing to seminal studies of the conventional methodologies, that demonstrated a high rate of failure. Agile, he maintains, can be objectively demonstrated to be overall more successful than the older approaches.

He agreed with Rob England, author of the IT Skeptic blog, that top-flight agile development needs a "Renaissance Man" combination of talents; asked how that would scale in the face of a growing requirement for developers, Cockburn contends agile techniques as a general rule don't need to be super-efficient, just better than the alternatives -- and they've achieved that.


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