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What Agile Can Learn From Waterfall And What Waterfall Can Learn From Agile
Strategic software development is happening every day - and
failures continue to plague us. Unquestionably, a major paradigm shift is
underway with the movement to agile methods. But are they really working?
With results drawn from industry statistics, Michael Mah answers vital
questions about the effectiveness of agile methodologies - XP, Scrum, TDD,
pair programming, etc. One discovery underway is that agile methods could
be turning the "law of software physics" upside down. For decades, there
have been predictable relationships among schedule pressure, staff
ramp-up, and bug rates; now, industry data tells us that all this could be
changing with agile - or not.
About the Speaker
Michael Mah is director of the Benchmarking Practice and author with the
Cutter Consortium, a Boston-based industry thinktank. He's also managing
partner of QSM Associates Inc, a firm specializing in software
measurement, project estimation, and "in-flight" control for both in-house
and outsourced/offshore development. QSM has developed and maintains one
of the largest databases of more than 7,500 completed projects collected
worldwide, with productivity statistics and trends on cost, schedule, and
quality from more than 500 organizations and 18 countries.