Jeff Patton on a trap for Agile projects

Gojko Adzic has a nice summary of what Jeff Patton’s been saying recently about a way Agile projects fail.

My only quibble with Jeff’s description is that he distinguishes between “incremental” and “iterative” development. That has the same problem that’s bedeviled “verification and validation” for years: the common English words mean sort of the same thing, and the words begin with the same letter, so many people (me, Jeff himself when it comes to V&V) can’t remember the difference.

At SDTConf, I suggested that Jeff use “assembly” for “incremental” and “growth” for “iterative” (or is it the other way around?)

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