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Adobe Photoshop C3 Team Succeeds with Agile

"Better quality, plenty of features, fewer nights and weekends: what's not to like? ®" wrote Mary Branscombe in an interview with CS3 co-architect Russell Williams. Adobe has been successful in adopting an iterative development process and leaving waterfall, after several unsuccessful attempts. The difference this time around: someone who had successfully adopted iterative processes elsewhere championed their new way of development through the hard times.

By working iteratively, fixing bugs often instead of leaving them to the end, and integrating early, Adobe was able to produce better quality code, release enough functionality, and improve the working environment for developers.

The details of all of their practices are not discussed in the article, but a focus on (1) iterative development and (2) per-engineer bug limits (if any engineer's bug count passes 20, they have to stop working on features and fix bugs instead) are described as the main practices that enabled success. The article also implied that adoption of a practice is more than 'just do it' but involves being patient and persevering through the hard times.

Finally, having a champion who has 'been there, done that' is one of the most effective methods to achieve successful adoption of development practices.

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