Agile methods are significantly transforming the software development landscape, but enthusiasts often maintain hopeful beliefs about agile practices that fall short of reality. By recognizing and avoiding five common misconceptions surrounding agile development, organizations can plan and implement agile initiatives more effectively. Join Stephen as he shows how agile methods can be difficult to use, stretching the abilities of practitioners, and how the results may be hard to compare to previous standards of success. You will learn that agile methods have drawbacks in addition to benefits and that it’s necessary to carefully consider both sides to avoid silver bullet thinking. Also, Stephen will argue that many supposedly new values of agile are not new at all, and failing to recognize this can lead organizations to think that they are driving change when they are simply recycling old pathologies under new names.


Speaker:

Stephen Frein, Comcast

Stephen Frein is a Director of Quality Assurance at Comcast, where his team is responsible for the quality of various high-profile web properties, including Comcast.com. As an adjunct professor at Drexel University, he lectures on database development and IT management at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Stephen has been leading development and testing teams for 15 years. He has previously presented at the ISC2 Security Congress, SecureWorld Philadelphia, Better Software Conference West, and Agile Tour Philadelphia.