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(Common Mistakes) Underestimating the amount of work outside a product feature.

Take a look at the following
• Working software is the primary measure of progress.
• Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software.
• Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale.

You should recognise them as three of the principles behind the agile manifesto and key to the success of any Agile project.

How far do you go when developing against a story (Easy mistakes to make)

This cartoon illustrates the general problem and is especially relevant to teams new to agile methods.

the general problem

Misconceptions about Agile methods

It is unfortunate that this is all too often the perception of Agile methods, at least initially, in an organisation. What it does highlight though is that unless there is an organisational change in thinking and culture, you are forever going to have problems and be fighting a losing battle. Agile needs to be accepted and understood across the entire organisation including management.

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