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Agile Foundations - Principles, practices and frameworks by Peter Measey

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13 SIMPLICITYThe art of maximising the amount of work not done

This chapter looks at ‘maximising the amount of work not done’ – the tenth Agile principle. Most people interpret this principle in one of two ways. They assume this means one of the following:

  1. Focusing on ensuring that only the simplest, leanest and fit-for-purpose product is delivered, especially when considering lifecycle-driven documentation, and only producing what adds value.
  2. Focusing on maximising the amount of work not done when creating the product, i.e., focusing on simplicity of delivery.

Both of these interpretations are correct, so in the following we will look at both.

13.1 FIT-FOR-PURPOSE PRODUCTS

This principle has links to subjects such as time management and ...

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