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An agile process isn't just there to manage the developers, it's there to engage and manage the customer as well.

In my experience, customers rarely know exactly what they want out of a software project, large or small. Complicated documents, produced up front get ignored because of TL;DR and projects start on faulty specifications that describe a solution to illusory requirements. So, inevitably, there will be a disparity between documented requirements and the desired outcome.

Iterative delivery - a key feature of agile as I have experienced it - gives the customer multiple chances to try-out and feedback on working software along the way. Furthermore, by making the customer part of the solution early they are as instrumental as the implementers in ensuring the validity of the software and - therefore - the success of the project.

Incidentally, I think this is why many customers (internal and external) are suspicious of and hesitant to engage in a truly agile process. That is, they would become equally liable for the success of the project because of the decisions they are required to make. They are part of the solution and therefore potentially party to the blame for any failures. It's much safer for them to be more likely to fail and avoid the blame than it is to risk complicity in a failure, however less likely that failure might be as a result of the process.

What agile does that the author missed (or at least declined to mention) is that it gives a name to and formalises an approach that attempts to manage the customer as well as the implementers. It compensates for the fact that customers can't always be expected to fully understand their own requirements and for the inevitability that they change their minds.


Agile Developer (Python, Mobile, UI)

Myspace / Specific Media

Cardiff, United Kingdom. Full time.

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I figured out you could use the space bar to advance through the "slides", which made the presentation just about usable. I then instinctively - and possibly stupidly - tried to use backspace to go back a slide. Obviously, I arrived back at HN. I didn't go back to finish reading.

Interesting subject matter, poor presentation.


just use the arrow keys to navigate back and forth trough the slides


Ah. Much better.

I had the same problem as other posters--this presentation more or less breaks scrolling (it still works, but is very awkward).

Using the left/right arrow keys to navigate the presentation works quite well. To bad that navigation tip isn't included on the first slide or on that persistent gray bar or something. It makes a huge difference.


Fix your web browser settings so backspace is pageUp.


Wow, tough crowd.


Personally, I'd prefer to live in a society that dissuades the irresponsible from taking risks with other people's lives every time they get behind the wheel.


I'm pretty sure not all deaths are featured on this map. I checked stretches of road where I know there have been deaths near my spot of rural North Wales. Those deaths weren't on this map for some reason.


Cardiff, Wales, UK. Full time

Xumo (part of Specific Media/MySpace) is hiring TDD evangelists, JavaScript maniacs and clean code junkies to work on smart TV applications.

More information available upon request. Please email emalethan [at] xumo dot com


Stephen Fry has a talent with the written word that rarely disappoints. Of the many articles, obituaries and anecdotes about Steve Jobs I've read today, that one is the most compelling read.


This is a common misconception. TDD does not 'espouse' in any way that you write all your tests first. Nothing I have read suggests so.

For me, TDD, in practice means switching back and forth between writing tests and production code. That is, write some test code, run, fail, fix the production code, write some more test code. It is incremental.

EDIT: Fixed a typo


Dead zones are not created by overfishing but by intensive farming techniques on land and what's subsequently washed into the sea via rivers.




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