carnival of the agilists, 18-may-06

Welcome to the May 18th edition of the Carnival of Agilists – providing you with a commented digest on what’s been said in the agile blogsphere during the last two weeks.

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

Working software over comprehensive documentation

Responding to change over following a plan

  • Dave Nicolette fears the worst as the rapid increase in numbers of agile projects means that more and more traditionally-trained managers are assigned to run them.
  • Frank Patrick blogs about the Theory of Constraints and its use as a management tool. This week, he’s rounded up a number of quite old posts he wrote comparing the ToC approach with agile methods. Well worth a read, and plenty to think about.

Agile in practice

  • In Incremental Agile Ed Gibbs tells the story of how he gradually (incrementally) introduced agile practices into a large project.
  • Scott Ambler’s column argues that many agile practices have “crossed the chasm”, whereas for others we still have some way to go.
  • Brad Appleton summarises a recent mailing list discussion of nutshell definitions of agile development.

Previous Editions
All previous editions of the Carnival are referenced at the Agile Alliance website.

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