The Agile Architect
Announcing the Ultimate in Agile
Our Agile Architect shares a success story of extreme agile taken not just to the edge but over it.
- By Mark J. Balbes, Ph.D.
I ran across a press release today that I thought was timely to share. There are important lessons to be learned from this success story at the very edge of agile development.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Narrabril Corp. Announces Ultimate Breakthrough in Agile Development!
Crispin City, Colo., April 1, 2017 -- The Narrabril Corporation is pleased to announce the immediate release of their flagship product Cronundrum as the premiere agile tool in the market.
Says Narrabril Corporation President April Johansson, "We've taken a big leap in agile software development and we are pleased to share it with the software development community through Cronundrum. As big supporters of Test Driven Development, we've always valued the clever practice of reversing the waterfall approach of design-code-test to test-code-design. But we don't think TDD takes the reversal paradigm far enough, After noodling on this for a bit, our CIO came up with a clever idea."
CIO Frank Smart explains further: "Agile teaches us to release software frequently in order to speed up the feedback cycle and allow us to learn from what we've built. Continuous deployment techniques allow us to push out software updates easily. Some companies are able to push out multiple releases per day, significantly reducing the time from when the code is written to when its value is realized in the market. We've taken this to its ultimate end and are pleased as punch to announce that we are now releasing Cronundrum before we develop it. This gives us a tremendous advantage in the market!"
Johansson continues, "With Frank's clever twist on TDD, extending it to release-test-code-design, we've taken a huge leap forward in agility. And Cronundrum will make this possible for all of our customers. We are really looking forward to tomorrow's release when we learn what we are going to be working on for the next several months. I'm sure we are going to have some great ideas and it will be extremely gratifying to learn what they will be."
"But," says Smart, "This is just the first release. For the second release, we are extending this even further from hire-design-code-test-release" to "release-test-code-design-hire." We can't wait to see what our future employees are going to create and now we don't have to! Cronundrum 2.0 will be even better than Cronundrum 1.0. And it will be available yesterday!"
Dr. Mark Balbes serves as Senior Director at WWT, and leads multiple Agile projects for Government and Fortune 500 companies. He received his Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Duke University in 1992, then continued his research in nuclear astrophysics at Ohio State University. Dr. Balbes has worked in the industrial sector since 1995 applying his scientific expertise to the disciplines of software development. He has led teams as small as a few software developers to as large as a multi-national Engineering department with development centers in the U.S., Canada, and India. Whether serving as product manager, chief scientist, or chief architect, he provides both technical and thought leadership around Agile development, Agile architecture, and Agile project management principles.