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Posted On: 2017-07-10 00:48:10
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What do you think of Agile/Scrum software development?

Now a days many companies are touting that they are developing their software based on Agile methods, Scrum, Kanban. etc.
What do you think of Agile? Is it a panacea for all software development or just lots of marketing buzz? I mean one can become a Professional Scrum Product Owner after taking a 2 Days class that costs about $1200. How can then this be a really valuable skill if it takes 2 Days and $1200 to learn it! Sound more like a new age cult to me. What do you think?

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Agile Scrum is generally a big waste of time. And I am being kind. To be exact: We all agree that any software process should make us produce the right quality software and be able to release it often and in time. That’s it, people! The fact is that there is no silver bullet. But Scrum simply puts too much overhead on all teams.
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I have worked in AGILE and SCRUM as a software developer and found it really stifling and fun robbing.
It REALLY sucks working in AGILE, even when done by Americans who invented the damn term and process!
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2 months 4 weeks ago

Well given the fact that you can become Agile Certified in 2 days, by paying $1500 and taking a 2 days class, there is really not much to Agile/Scrum software development. So which do you think can bring a software project to successful result? Someone with 10 years, even better 20 years, of software development expertise or someone with days of Agile scrum?
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4 months 2 weeks ago

Agile/Scrum is something that is created by MBA types. And not People who are really expert and experienced in creating cutting edge software, specially massive internet services. So as long as you have the Money to waste, that is greatly slow down the pace of development to make the MBA types Happy, it is fine. OTOH, if you want fast and complex software development, just have good project managers and product managers and a Head of engineering to get the Job done fast and accurate.
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5 months 4 weeks ago

The firm I work for is practicing agile development and it works for us.

Pros:
- It allows fast delivery of working software with core features which is good for clients who are in a hurry to enter the market with an early version of their app.
- New features are added continuously, with incorporating the client's feedback and so the app evolves in line with the client's needs.
- No need to plan every detail at the beginning. Instead clients can define short-term goals, check results and then plan for the next stage. It gives flexibility to change functionality and scope of the project at any stage and ensures delivery of the right product.

Cons:
- Most work is done on-the-run without careful long-term planning. If the software engineers are not experienced in agile this can create difficulties, especially with large software systems.
- Agile requires a lot of commitment from the client. If the client is not getting involved, this eliminates all the pros.
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5 months 4 weeks ago
I think you make some very good Points. Specially the fact that if the Software being developed is simple with few layers of complexity, then Agile which gives MBA types something to do, is useful. And specially as you noted if the client is fully engaged. But if the software system is complex with multi layers of complexity, MBA Agile will produce bloated crap. OTOH, key parts of so called Agile are good software development practices which have been used by good software managers for ever,
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5 months 4 weeks ago
such as:
People over Process
Software over big documentation
etc.

But Doh! These are common sense good software development!

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