Lean/Agile Documentation – High Value Written Communication

Jun 18 2013 (6:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
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Lean/Agile Documentation – High Value Written Communication
Agile Documentation Through Specification by Example

One of the most pervasive myths of Agile is that it demands no documentation. The truth is that successful enterprise Agile teams consider documentation almost as important as the software itself. They document just like they code: incrementally, iteratively, collaboratively… all the while avoiding over-specification, ensuring that the documentation they have explains what the system actually does, and is maintainable (and therefore is maintained). There is a powerful technique for establishing the backbone of Agile Documentation called Specification By Example.

Maintainability is one of the most important qualities of a custom-developed IT system. Agile documentation significantly improves a system’s maintainability because it focuses on the overarching context and prompts the conversation (rather than attempting to replace it).

Join us as we explore this technique and walk through specific examples of how it works. Along the way, we’ll start to redefine what we think of as documentation and see how we can leave not just a description of the system, but a truthful guide.

About our Speakers:: John Ryan
John Ryan is an Agile Coach with a specialization in programming. Before becoming
a coach, John was a developer for 20+ years. The latter quarter of that time, he was
introduced to eXtreme Programming practice and became an Agile practitioner.

Today, he coaches software teams as they attempt to shift the development practices
to be more light-weight. He also coaches those teams’ management on how to
cultivate an environment to support that effort and those managers’ managers on how
to cultivate leaders within the organization.


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