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Agile as exposure of problems in the development process

Usually when we talk about the benefits of Agile we talk about the following topics:

• That it is a faster process.

• We are more aware of customer needs.

• The people are at the center.

• Encouraging cooperation.

• Encouraging verbal communication which is the best form of communication.

• Prevents waste of time, for example, producing documents that nobody reads.

I think missing a very important point: Agile is a great way to expose problems, if any, in the development process. This can be seen especially during the transition from waterfall.

I will give some examples of issues that may arise;• Testing duration is too long.*• A weak link in the team.• Inaccurate time estimates.• Strained relations among people especially within the team but not only.

I think that these problems can be hidden when a large group of several teams are working on joint projects and release times longer than a average sprint. The problems is absorbed and difficult to find and manage.

In Agile we can identify the problem and start a fixing path.

* A problem that does not have to be (but can be) the testing team issue alone but perhaps the company's. For example when you gave a ught technical dept and thus we "everything" after each change, also the lack of testing such as unit tests and automation etc.

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