Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Selling Agile Development Practices to Your Manager

There have been some comments that some of you developers are very interested in adopting agile development practices, but your manager isn't seeing the benefit.

There are two important points to make to your manager.
  1. Incremental development practices prevent defects and catch them early
  2. The cost of a defect drastically goes up the further along it is in the project life cycle
Incremental development practices are geared around preventing defects and catching them early with comprehensive tests, frequent integration, and knowledge sharing. Take a look at my Incremental Development Presentation for more information.

A simple google search yields a lot of evidence to support the high cost of defects. The cost of defects relative to project life-cycle looks a lot like the image below.

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