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Historical roots of Agile methods: where did “Agile thinking” come from?

Abbas, Noura, Gravell, Andrew and Wills, Gary (2008) Historical roots of Agile methods: where did “Agile thinking” come from? At Agile Processes and eXtreme programming in Software Engineering, Ireland. 10 - 14 Jun 2008. , pp. 94-103. (doi:10.1007/978-3-540-68255-4_10).

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The appearance of Agile methods has been the most noticeable change to software process thinking in the last fifteen years [16], but in fact many of the “Agile ideas” have been around since 70’s or even before. Many studies and reviews have been conducted about Agile methods which ascribe their emergence as a reaction against traditional methods. In this paper, we argue that although Agile methods are new as a whole, they have strong roots in the history of software engineering. In addition to the iterative and incremental approaches that have been in use since 1957 [21], people who criticised the traditional methods suggested alternative approaches which were actually Agile ideas such as the response to change, customer involvement, and working software over documentation. The authors of this paper believe that education about the history of Agile thinking will help to develop better understanding as well as promoting the use of Agile methods. We therefore present and discuss the reasons behind the development and introduction of Agile methods, as a reaction to traditional methods, as a result of people's experience, and in particular focusing on reusing ideas from history

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Published date: 2008
Venue - Dates: Agile Processes and eXtreme programming in Software Engineering, Ireland, 2008-06-10 - 2008-06-14
Organisations: Electronic & Software Systems


Local EPrints ID: 266606
ISBN: 978-3-540-68254-7
PURE UUID: 762524b0-cdab-412b-b0ea-40eaffa14a2f
ORCID for Gary Wills: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 03 Oct 2008 12:40
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:14

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Author: Noura Abbas
Author: Andrew Gravell
Author: Gary Wills ORCID iD

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