Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tools!?! Shmools

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

I started my agile life in the Extreme Programming (XP) domain and we did it by the (white) book. That meant stories were on index cards and our story board / sprint backlog was on a pin board. Grandmas recipe - don't mess with it.

One of the biggest pitfalls I see in agile adoption is the too early adoption and obsession with "which tool should we use"?

My best answer is none. Or at best - run for at least 6 months without an electronic tool before you evaluate them. I just read Why Agile Guys Shun Tools and couldn't agree more. So agile newbies, take note of what the old timers are saying when it comes to tools - "Nooooooooooooo".

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