Top ten agile best practices

Using Scott Ambler’s survey on agile adoption rates, I took the data on specifically which agile best practices had been adopted by how many respondent’s companies to form a top ten agile best practices:

This makes for pretty interesting reading. Which of these best practices have you used in your organisation? And, if you have not yet started which is the best to begin with?
We have taken some parts of test driven development, continuous integration and more active stakeholder participation as the three most important initial changes. We are already seeing some great results.

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  4. Ronny De Winter Says:

    Top 10 agile best practices ? Large adoption does not necessary mean best ?! It all depends on what you want. An approach i’ve taken in my blog is looking at the risks being handled by the number of agile methods. See Risk based selection for agile iterative lifecycle methods


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    Hi Ronny

    Thanks for your comment. I completely agree with the approach: it depends on what your team and project scope require. That’s also why in later articles I’ve recommended you use the Theory of Constraints to look at what the root cause of the issues with your projects is, and choose an appropriate agile best practice to combat it.


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  7. PM Hut Says:

    I’m wondering on how objective these results are, what I mean by this is that I wish that someone neutral, an observer, and not an Agilist nor anti-agile wrote this article.

    The first one “Common Coding Guidelines”, I do remember that Agile thinks that “Code Comments” are nice-to-have (as opposed to should-always-be-there). But then again, maybe I’m wrong.

    Anyways, I have published an objective article on agile limitations that I invite you to read (in case you have time, the article is a bit on the long side). It probably offers another view on the subject.

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