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94719RE: [XP] SixSigma and Extreme - Is Agile to ---

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  • Steven Gordon
    Jul 27, 2004
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      Will, Tom, whoever:

      This is clearly lean, agile, and effective. What I still do not understand
      is what it has to do with SixSigma?

      Underneath this agility, are you tracking some metrics and controlling
      their variation to withing 3 standard deviations? Is the association with
      SixSigma just a marketing ploy to appeal to a particular audience?

      In a message dated 7/27/2004 2:00:22 AM Mountain Daylight Time,
      will.stott@... extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com writes:

      1. Customer collaboration: applying resources to finding out what customers
      really want and then devoting the entire project to meeting the needs and
      desires of these customers.

      2. Working software: the customer defines some tests, developers create
      software that can be measured against these tests, analysis of the test
      results determines progress, improvement is made by generating new tests and
      better software, control is provided by allowing the team to learn each time
      software is delivered.

      3. Individuals and interactions: typically between six and eighteen people
      with cross-functional skills work together to produce a piece of software
      that can be delivered to the business to give demonstrable value. The team
      is self-organising taking responsibility for things like setting priorities
      and scheduling work.

      4. Responding to change: Waste and rework arising from changes in
      requirements or business priorities is minimised by delivering software
      through a succession of short iterations each of which provides working
      software ready for pulling into production should the business decide it
      provides sufficient value.

      Alistair Cockburn
      President, Humans and Technology

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      Author of
      "Surviving Object-Oriented Projects" (1998)
      "Writing Effective Use Cases" (Jolt Productivity Award 2001)
      "Agile Software Development" (Jolt Productivity Award 2002)

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      mais quand il ne reste rien a enlever." (Saint-Exupery)
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