Last year I met a few people that had never experienced a waterfall project. Their first software project was with Scrum. What stood out for me was that these developers had not read Kent Beck’s Extreme Programming. I also discovered the same for several that were years into their agile development journey – never read the XP book.
Perhaps we are past the sceptical stage, and the notion of working in 2 to 3 week cycles is not considered so extreme any more. XP may not be as popular as Scrum and Kanban at the moment, but it is still intrinsic to successful agile software development.
I confess that I find a lot of the XP practices are difficult and I have certainly not mastered any. I think it might be simply that software development is just difficult. Another reason may be that XP warrants that I change my approach…
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