What are the Most Important and Adoption-Ready Agile Practices?

| by Shane Hastie Follow 25 Followers on Aug 14, 2012 |

InfoQ's research widget has been deprecated. It should continue to work however, and we hope to relaunch it at some point in the future.

There is very little consensus in the agile community regarding the practices and techniques that are inherent to doing agile software development. Using the new community research tool, we at InfoQ want to get your opinions on the relative importance of a variety of practices which are commonly used in agile projects. How important are these practices, and how commonly are they actually used.

Please vote by dragging each practice across two dimensions – how important is the practice relative to the other practices, and how much is it actually used in real teams and projects.

This is an initial list – please tell us which other practices and techniques we should include in future versions of this community survey so we can improve the tool and provide information that will be useful to the community.



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The practices some second by P Wood

Ralph Waldo Emerson said:

As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.

However, James Shore said:

If you're happy, you smile. But did you know that, if you smile, you become happy? Somehow the act of smiling connects your brain to a feeling of happiness.

Practices or principles? I don't know. The principles are important and valuable. But if I could only have one, I think I'd choose conscientious and careful application of the practices, in hopes that the act of smiling would help me rediscover my good mood.

Re: The practices some second by Jeff Hain

Emerson was speaking for experts, Shore for beginners :) (reference to the Dreyfus model)

Re: The practices some second by Dan Mezick

Effective practices are those that embody essential Manifesto principles. So long as the practice aligns, doing it (willingly) actually works. If you act "as if", you are in fact. The key is willingness to do practices that align on principles. Knowledge of principles ("why does this practice work?") comes later. I explain this in detail in my book visible on INFOQ at

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