This month's column will cover some of the best practices for the agile development organization. We'll look at what agile development is and how it can be introduced into a development organization.

Agile development consists of methods which embrace change and promote iterative development. There are a set of core principles set forth by the Agile Alliance ( that set the direction for agile development methodologies such as extreme programming (XP) and Scrum. Some of the common principles stress self-organizing teams, time-boxed/short iteration development cycles, joint development between business users and developers (face to face), continuous attention to technical excellence and an agile process to promote sustainable development.

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