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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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5 months 2 days ago

All that has happened is someone has added a name (Agile) to what professional programmers have been doing for decades, delivering a WORKING program tailored to the CUSTOMER'S needs in a timely manner, then using customer feedback to incrementally update the same program without all of the bullshit that the customer does not need or want.

That is a far cry from what so-called 'web designers' do as evidenced by the massive numbers of bloated half-assed working websites on the internet. There is no reason to constantly re-invent the wheel like is constantly happening on the web.

$1200 to waste 2 days in class is ridiculous. One can spend half that much time at no cost by using Google and have a better handle on what is learned. Of course, doing that will not get a piece of paper showing that you spent time in a class. If a programmer is so bad that he needs that paper, he should take up some other skill that he is capable of doing, like maybe knitting.
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5 months 2 days ago
Yes, really the best proof that this Agile/Srcum/Kanba is just bunch of Buzz Words is to look at the fact that you can become a Professional Scrum Product Owner by taking a 2 Days class that costs about $1200, when it takes at least 10 Years of software development to become really Professional in software development, specially the Web development which has many many layers of technologies, aka the Stack.
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5 months 2 days ago
AH I like the bit:
"If a programmer is so bad that he needs that paper, he should take up some other skill that he is capable of doing, like maybe knitting"
Problem is that lots of VC Wall Street funded companies are asking the developers they are going to hire to have this piece of paper as if a 2 Day course really has any value.
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5 months 2 days ago
dave_silva, that is very True. That is from all I See too, this Agile this and Agile that, is more driven by people who really do not have advance software development skills. More by People in the C-Suite rather than people who actually develop software FAST.

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