The Agile Approach

The Agile Approach

Postby Dave Z » Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:12 am

The Agile Approach can be applied to most any project, and has had great success in accelerating output. My guess is it would be very useful for the tinker phase of reboot.

Manifesto for Agile (Software) Development

We are uncovering better ways of developing
software by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to value:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on
the right, we value the items on the left more.

Or, another version (quick and dirty?)... in this set, 'cheap' is 'no frills', and 'make right' means to 'fine tune':

Agile Principles:

Make it Cheap
Make it Fast
Make it Work
Make it Right


While this approach was conceived for software development, it has been adapted to hands-on, creative development.

This link is my write up on the concept, oriented for boatbuilding. The second link is to a rigging project, but gives a good feel for applying the approach to a specific task:

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Re: The Agile Approach

Postby Bruce Mardle » Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:02 am

Cynic that I am ;) I'm reminded of a saying in engineering*: "Faster, cheaper, better; choose any 2", i.e.
You can quickly design something that's cheap to make... but it won't be very good.
You can quickly design something good... but it'll be expensive to make.
You can design something good that's cheap to make... but it'll take a long time.
(*'Cheaper', in this sense, doesn't really apply to software engineering since duplicating the finished product is almost free.)
(I worked as a computer programmer till the '90s but I'm not familiar with developments since then. My favourite programming language is still plain C :) )
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