Portrait Of An Agile Development Process

Jake Lawlor gives a great overview and lots of practical details around the implementation of an agile development process.

    1.  What Does It Mean To Run A Project Using An Agile Process?
    2.  Basic Terminology
      • User Stories and Technical Stories
      • Tasks
      • Team Velocity
      • Unit test
    3.  Agile Patterns and Practices To Choose From When Crafting Your Process
      •  Establish Iterations and Release Cycles 
      •  Employ a Planning Game To Identify Stories and Tasks 
      •  Utilize a Daily Standup Meeting to Reinforce Communication 
      •  Use a Planning Board to Communicate Task Activity and Ownership 
      •  Identifying and Procuring the Development Tools to Establish a Refactoring Space 
      •  Establishing an Automated Build, Test, Source Control, Stage and Deploy Process 
      •  Use Paired Programming Where It Makes Sense on Difficult Tasks 
      •  Promote Collaboration and Shared Code Ownership 
      •  Use Automated Regression Testing (Unit Tests) Where It Makes Sense 
      •  Track Team Velocity by Comparing Estimates Vs Actual Task Time 
      •  Follow a Strict Development, Test, Production Environment Deployment Flow 
      •  Use Technical Spikes to Gather Information for Unknowns 
      •  Pay Down Your Projects Technical Debt – Increase Your Velocity! 
      •  Design Solutions Using Object Oriented, N-Tier, Service-based Architecture Practices 
      •  Refactor Mercilessly to Keep Your Code Base Cruft-Free 
      •  Continue to Improve Your Process – Try Something New Every Iteration!
    4.  Our Teams Development Process Overview
      • Planning 
      •  Implementation 
      •  Testing Release 
      •  Production Release
    5.  Summary

[via Jake Lawlor's Blog]

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