October 11, 2016
Code Quality is a Requirements IssueThe most fundamental aspect of Agile Software Development is responding to change. Whatever software we deliver today, the real value is in what we can learn from that, so we can deliver something even better tomorrow.
It's nature's search algorithm: evolutionary design. So it should come as no surprise that the cost of changing software is pivotal to our ability to succeed. The more change costs, the less change we can accommodate. The less change we can accommodate, the slower we learn. Simples.
In this respect, the cost of changing software can be thought of as a requirements discipline - ever bit as much as user stories and Specification By Example. Indeed, if we're being genuinely Agile, iterating is the requirements discipline, and everything else is about tweaking our seed values to make the search a little more efficient.
As so many have commented in recent years, failing on code quality means failing on agility. You can Lean ScrumBan all you like. But there's more to Agile than turning up to planning meetings.
Posted 3 years, 11 months ago on October 11, 2016