UPA Audience goes straight for the Learning Point - how to work with Project Management Techniques (28 Oct 2004)
Agile methods involve a short cycle of development (analyse, develop, test), repeated often, and they put the emphasis on adaptation, rather than getting everything right once. O'Reilly describes one advantage in terms of improving quality: 60% of features are not used, but you are still expected to build them. With agile methods, you concentrate on the key 40% and when the business sees them, they say: 'OK, that's fine. Don't bother with the rest.' But this only happens if you are seeing them regularly during development.
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