Researching Agile Software Development (part 1)

From Dwayne Wright - www.dwaynewright.com

Ok, the well spring inspiration for this document (dare I say series of documents?) comes from a session I attended at years FileMaker Developer Conference. I’m trying to go through a lot of that core material and do a little research of my own on each topic. Here is what I wrote about the sessions at the second day.

ABOUT AGILE DEVELOPMENT AND FILEMAKER - By Jason Mundok of IT SOLUTIONS
This was the best session I had attended up to this point in the conference. To be honest with you, I don’t remember all the aspects of this session and will need to rely on the supplied documentation. What I retained is that it is a mindset in which you design your solution to be the most flexible in a limited amount of time. In other words, adding agility to your solution for anticipated (and unanticipated) feature requests. I’ve made a note to myself to research this topic more deeply in the future. I also think that Jason is providing classes on this topic and will be presenting it in our Seattle FileMaker User Group in the future. So you can look for a more in depth analysis of Agile from me in the future.

So I’m sitting on slide 4 of the PowerPoint file and it lists some resources for more information about agile software development. That site had a link to another site that I found yet another site with the following link...

http://www.agilealliance.org/system/public_resource/file/111/Spring2006Sample.pdf

This is an issue of a quarterly magazine based upon the Agile Software Design movement. In reading parts of this magazine, I see an advertisement for Scrum Agile Certification. Now I’m thinking this might be cool, a gimmick or a combination thereof. At this time, I’m somewhat distracted and wanting to hunt down more information on the Scrum Certification.

I go back and read more about the article but decide that I probably need more of an Agile / Scrum foundation before getting that much out of it. There was an article on “Making The Jump To XP” and I thought “how old is this information when Windows XP is considered a jump?” However, it looks like XP is a code name for an Agile Development Methodology. So I tell myself that I’m going to blog this and check out the article again later.

So I do a Google Search for Scrum Certification. I begin thinking about the benefits of a project management certification system. If the classes were priced right, why not have everyone in the office be certified? The possible benefits are appealing. First off, everyone in the office would have a standard mindset or at least a healthy point of reference. From a marketing perspective, having a set of project management certifications next to your FileMaker certifications could be nice. What if you fall into a network of clients that practice or are at least familiar with Agile. What if you paid for the class to have your customers project manager to be certified.

So my google search pulls up a log of links and the first I go to is ( http://www.controlchaos.com/certification/course.php ). Here I find that a two day certification class is about $1,700. So we will need to consider an ROI carefully but still merits more research, I think.

I then stumbled upon the following link ( http://www.scrumalliance.org/training/ ) and that’s when I found there are actually alliances or lack of a better terms, business/social network of these project mindsets.

Finally, I found a number of books on amazon.com and found this pdf link ( http://www.scrumalliance.org/system/resource/file/276/SA_Certification.pdf ).

All in all, I’m impressed by the campaign but still fuzzy about the program. Sounds interesting!
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