carnival of the agilists, 21-dec-06

Welcome to the bumper Xmas 2006 edition of the Carnival of Agilists – the blogroll pointing you to some of the latest thoughts in the agile community!

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools

  • Pete Behrens has published the results of his survey of tools used in agile projects. The analysis is thorough, and seems to me to show the expected descent from ‘agile’ towards ‘Agile’ (for a level-headed view of that topic see Martin Fowler on semantic diffusion).
  • Michele Sliger gives us Scrum, the play (with a link at the end to Scrum, the Movie!)
  • For those who haven’t yet seen the rhythm(s) of a flowing agile team, Simon Baker has posted a set of averages that together paint a nice clear picture.

Working software over comprehensive documentation

  • I have a preference for using patterns as a means of conveying knowledge and heuristics. So I was delighted to discover another set: Dave W. Smith’s starter list of anti-patterns entitled Signs that you’re slipping into Design Debt; anyone have any others?

Customer collaboration over contract negotiation

  • Artem Marchenko has written a brief series of posts introducing the Kano model of customer satisfaction, which was new to this reader. Food for thought, at the very least.
  • It’s little wonder so many projects get into trouble, when their initial proposal is often self-deluding; Pascal van Cauwenberghe asks companies to Say what you do. Do what you say.
  • And here‘s a salutary reminder from Esther Derby that contracts (and the contractual mind-set) can easily negate any agility the development team may have.

Responding to change over following a plan

  • In Beyond Skepticism Dave Nicolette urges us to “think grey,” particularly when considering what “works” and what “doesn’t work,” and what it means to be “agile.”
  • In Throw it on the Backlog Ed Gibbs relates yet another morality tale from his project; this time around the team learns that they should protect their iteration commitment a little more than they have been doing.

Previous Editions
All previous editions of the Carnival are referenced at the Agile Alliance website. Future editions will be published on the first and third Thursday of each month.

Join in the Fun!
A big thank-you to all those who sent in suggestions for this edition of the carnival – please keep ’em coming. If you have something that you think is worth sharing – especially from a blog we haven’t featured before, send us a link by emailing, or use the carnival submission form.

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