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RE: [XP] Agile adoption benefits and limitations research:seeking for agile practitioners

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  • Kay A Pentecost
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    Message 1 of 41 , Jun 28, 2012
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      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com
      > [mailto:extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Steven Gordon
      > Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2012 5:07 PM
      > To: extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com; solinski.a@...
      > Subject: Re: [XP] Agile adoption benefits and limitations research:seeking
      > for agile practitioners
      >
      > Hi Adam,
      >
      > The whole premise that opinion surveys in any way contribute to actual
      > research is totally flawed, unless your work is being done in a field such
      > as psychology or marketing, where perception is the reality being studied.
      > The raw opinions of an uncontrolled sample is just noise. I am not the
      > only one who refuses in participating in the echoing of that noise.
      >
      > If you want to understand agile well enough to contribute to academic
      > knowledge about it, you must actively observe a sample of real agile
      > projects somewhat intimately. Of course, the more actual experience doing
      > agile software development, the more informed your study can be.
      >
      > Granted, collecting nosy, biased opinions does enable you to prove to your
      > committee that you know how to do statistical analysis. But the data is
      > meaningless, so the analysis can lead to no valid conclusions (unless you
      > are studying the perception of agile rather than agile itself).
      >
      > Steven Gordon, PhD
      >
      > On Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 2:06 AM, agileadam8 <solinski.a@...> wrote:
      >
      > > **
      > >
      > >
      > > Dear Practitioners,
      > >
      > > There is a great opportunity to contribute to the knowledge of lean and
      > > agile development! We are looking for
      > organizations/companies/practitioners
      > > that are willing to share their experience with agile approaches. You
      > will
      > > get feedback from researchers belonging to a high-ranked research
      > > institution. Once the research is completed, the results will be shared
      > > among the participants and all the known agile communities!
      > >
      > > The research is addressed to anybody who interacts with software
      > > development processes, both: adopters that have used agile for some time
      > as
      > > well as new adopters. Each organization/company provides answers from
      > > different perspectives (e.g., development, project management, product
      > > management, quality assurance, etc.). The goal is to receive as many
      > > answers as possible for each perspective. All data will be kept
      > anonymous.
      > >
      > > The survey is available at: http://goo.gl/Cl4Ku It will only take you
      > > approximately 20 minutes to complete the survey.
      > >
      > > The situation: A number of researches have shown that organizations move
      > > from their plan-driven approaches toward lean and agile methodologies.
      > That
      > > leads to both: benefits and limitations. Moreover, what has been
      > observed
      > > is that the applied methodologies are very often hybrids of agile and
      > > plan-driven approaches (eg. Scrum + XP, XP + V-model etc.).
      > >
      > > The problem: the effects of using agile methods in industry are not well
      > > understood. Process changes can affect a variety of parameters, like
      > > productivity, quality, motivation, etc. There is little information of
      > what
      > > organizations expect from agile adoption and what they actually achieve
      > > over time (short-term vs. long-term).
      > >
      > > The instrument: the survey consists of a few steps. First you will be
      > > asked to provide context information to allow further results
      > comparisons.
      > > Secondly, you will be asked to define your organization/company
      > development
      > > process in terms of agile and plan-driven practices. Then, using
      > cumulative
      > > voting method you will be asked to rank agile adoption benefits and
      > > limitations that you are experiencing with your current development
      > > approach.
      > >
      > > Please direct any questions or feedback to my account or just post
      > below.
      > > I will do my best to reply ASAP. Thank you in advance,
      > >
      > > Kind regards,
      > > Adam
      > >
      > > P.S. We would be grateful if you could distribute the survey further in
      > > agile communities. http://goo.gl/Cl4Ku
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >
      >
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      >
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    • Kay A Pentecost
      Hey, Curtis, I knew you weren t confusing me... and it s okay. I know you re wise and wonderful and witty!! Kay
      Message 41 of 41 , Jul 10, 2012
        Hey, Curtis,

        I knew you weren't confusing me... and it's okay. I know you're wise and
        wonderful and witty!!

        Kay

        > -----Original Message-----
        > From: extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com
        > [mailto:extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Curtis Cooley
        > Sent: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 2:48 PM
        > To: extremeprogramming@yahoogroups.com
        > Subject: Re: [XP] Plan-driven methodologies
        >
        > On Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM, Kay A Pentecost
        > <tranzpupy@...>wrote:
        >
        > > **
        > >
        > >
        > > Hey, Curtis,
        > >
        > > Don't confuse me with someone who wants to change established terms. I'm
        > > serious about those questions. I have no judgment about the term.
        > >
        > > I hadn't heard the term until today... or I missed it when it was used.
        > >
        > > I just want to know what it means and how it came about.
        > >
        > > Sorry for the confusion, Kay. I'm not confusing you with anyone, I was
        > just referencing another, longer, more bitter, discussion we had earlier
        > on
        > terms. Just trying to be witty ;)
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        > Curtis Cooley
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