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Chapter 19. Coexisting with Other Approaches

It’s one thing to look at agile software development in a test tube; it’s another to experience it in the real world. In the test tube, agile methodologies like Scrum are easily adopted by all members, and the nasty realities of corporate politics, economics, and such cannot intrude. In the real world, though, all of these unpleasant issues do exist. It is rarely as simple as deciding to use Scrum and then being able to do so with no other constraints. One project might be allowed to try Scrum as long as it doesn’t interfere with the organization’s CMMI Level 3 certification. Another project might be allowed to try it as long as it passes the preliminary architecture review and then has a successful ...

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