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What Practices Make Up YOUR Agile Development?

by Amr Elssamadisy on Apr 17, 2009 |

In the world of agile software development there is little agreement on which practices are "really" agile, and which ones are not. Likewise, people don't agree on which agile practices are most important, and nobody knows which practices are actually applied in how many projects.

In an attempt to gain insight into the current state of the community, Jurgen Appelo is running a survey that could give us answers to these questions if a sufficient number of people participate.

Even though a number of other surveys have already been published before, most notably those of VersionOne and Scott Ambler, Jurgen's survey is the first that does not focus on coarse-grained methods (like Scrum or XP), but on 66 fine-grained individual agile practices. The results are going to be interesting if enough of the community participate.
 

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Absurd idea by Steven Mak

The idea to isolate the practice and ask people whether certain practice is "Agile" or not is simply absurd.

Take an example, asking whether "Product Vision / Vision Statement" is an Agile practice or not makes no sense at all.

One can have product vision regardless of what methodology he/she uses. It has nothing to do with Agile or not, while having "Product vision" (or any other SINGLE practice) won't guarantee agility (even employing all practices without sharing Agile values won't).

I doubted what "Agile" means here, and what "Agile" means to the owner of the survey.

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