Agile Methods may Discourage Quality

(Lightning talk, 10 min) [ Slides ]

Author(s): Morten Forfang (Computas)
Session: Code Quality
Session chair: Xiaofeng Wang (Lero)
Date: Wednesday, 2 June 2010: Main Conference
Time: 13:30-15:00
Agile methods, and in particular scrum, have a very strong focus on productivity and immediate business value. The developers are encouraged to complete their tasks in due time, and this may lead to quick and dirty solutions. Thus, a quality assurance system is required to ensure that technical quality is within required bounds. This system may be implemented through pair programming, code review, design review etc. It is crucial that whatever QA systems one choose, it has strong enough authority to inflict a decrease in focus factor, or even a postponed deadline.

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