Monday, April 30, 2007

Classic isn't Adaptive. Adaptive isn't Agile.

In the world of software development there are many schools of thought on how to go about creating great software. Ignoring the creative side of things such as how you know if software is good, or what solution will meet what business need and so on. Even if you limit the discussion to how you go about implementing a solution once you have identified one, you will still find vastly differing opinions. We call these schools of thought methodologies because they define the method that you use to develop software.

Like all good architects, I too have a method to support my madness when implementing a new solution. My particular approach is thoroughly unique (just like everyone else I suppose ;-)

My particular brand of madness is considered relatively progressive borrowing heavily on the concepts espoused by Agile and Iterative approaches which are fundamentally Adaptive in nature.
The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
--- Napoleon Hill
At the speed in which we are asked to deliver solutions, in an environment in which the business needs remain volatile and the resource allocation continues to be fluid, I feel the only responsible choice in methodology is one that has an adaptive component.

Are you still following a Classic approach? How's that working for you?

This past week I had great opportunities to talk with some charming gentlemen at Microsoft who are working on the next generation of Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team System. It was great to see them bringing more adaptive principles into the product. It bodes well for the future.

And for someone who is actively working to solve these challenges now instead of in the future it was very validating to see that our thoughts and approaches were similar. Very validating indeed.

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