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Embrace Uncertainty



In this original presentation from the Communitech Agile Event, Jeff Patton, winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award, explains why one needs to embrace uncertainty in order to succeed with his/her Agile project and how to avoid some of the common mistakes leading to project failure.


Jeff has focused on Agile approaches since working on an early XP team in 2000. In particular Jeff has specialized in the application of user centered design techniques to improve Agile requirements, planning, and products. Jeff is a winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award.

About the conference

Communitech is a industry-led organization driving the growth and success of Waterloo Region´s technology sector through leadership, connections and promotion.

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Dec 27, 2008

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  • Good talk

    by Olivier Gourment,

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    Good talk! Was a little worried that the talk would just be about introducing Agile development yet again but.. no, it went beyond that. Jeff introduced one thing that the Agile manifesto missed completely, and techniques to avoid delivering crap applications, late. (I would add that Architecture should be addressed the same way in order not to be overlooked). "Embrace uncertainty" could be read "First, learn what your users will appreciate".

    If you have to build an application that is to deliver features that you don't know exactly how they will work yet (from the user standpoint), then watch this! Or go straight to Jeff's blog at

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