In my workshops, I often have people who are focused on the question: “How can I help my team go faster?”, or “How can we deliver this Product sooner?” Whenever anyone asks, my answer is always the same: “You must slow down to go fast.” I then often get some puzzled looks.
In software development, the single best way to improve quality, and eventually speed, is writing less code. Most of the time spent writing code should be to understand the problem and then find the simplest solution to it. The practices used to facilitate this in Agile software development are popularly known as Agile Engineering Practices.
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- Behaviour Driven Development
- Collective Code Ownership
- Continuous Delivery
- Continuous Integration
- Emergent/Evolutionary Architecture
- Ensemble (formerly Mob) Programming
- Pair Programming
- 10 Minute Build
- Test Driven Development
- Trunk-Based Development
- Unit Testing
Resource Book Link:
- Agile Technical Practices Distilled – Pedro Moreira Santos, Marco Consolaro, and Alessandro Di Gioia
- Software Engineering at Google – Titus Winters, Tom Manshreck and Hyrum Wright (Caveat: we think Pair Programming and Ensemble Programming trump Code Reviews)
Mark Levison has been helping Scrum teams and organizations with Agile, Scrum and Kanban style approaches since 2001. From certified scrum master training to custom Agile courses, he has helped well over 8,000 individuals, earning him respect and top rated reviews as one of the pioneers within the industry, as well as a raft of certifications from the ScrumAlliance. Mark has been a speaker at various Agile Conferences for more than 20 years, and is a published Scrum author with eBooks as well as articles on InfoQ.com, ScrumAlliance.org an AgileAlliance.org.
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