Agile software development, which aims for quicker delivery of software than traditional methods, hasn’t yet met its promise, said Steve McConnell, author and chief software engineer at Construx Software Builders, at the SD West 2006 conference last week.
McConnell noted what so far appears to be a contradiction in agile programming: Although it’s intended to focus on individuals and interactions, it seems to be mostly about processes and tools. “It seems to me that the promise of agile development has fallen short, at least so far,” McConnell said.
McConnell acknowledged the excessive enthusiasm surrounding agile programming but noted this has happened before with other new technologies, such as CASE.
He also stressed the importance of iteration and incrementalism, in addition to risk management.