Often I come across questions like
- Will agile help me to reduce bugs?
- Will agile help me to reduce costs?
- If I use agile will I be able to improve predictability?
- Is it agile to have unit tests?
The list is endless, these questions come from the teams which undergoes transformation from waterfall and they like to have a term for their new way of working. The very first project in my career, our team delivered to production every week. Everyone in the team were developers but wore different hats on different days. Each of us learnt to write unit tests, build and release to different environments, monitor production systems, automate functional tests in a team of 10. People coming in and out of the team was always breezy, there were no dependencies on one single person. I would say that was one of the ideal projects I have ever worked.
What process or methodology did we follow? “Do what makes sense!” Yes, that was the only thing which was told to me the first day I joined the team. No process, no compliance; only sensible things. Now if I replace “Agile” with “Common sense” will I get the answers to the questions?
agilecommon sense help me to reduce bugs?
agilecommon sense help me to reduce costs?
- If I use
agilecommon sense will I be able to improve predictability?
- Is it
agilecommon sense to have unit tests?
We got so much used to having process and methods as a safety net and rely on work instructions created out of those to execute day to day work. In my observation it is only some sensible practices which are fine tuned to the present scenario works. There is no substitute for common sense.