XP at a Farming Software Company (Embedded Software)

Agile methodologies have been in use since the late 1990′s. But it has always been a challenge to see if they really work. Engineers have always very little idea to base a judgment until they have some direct knowledge of an agile software project. The Grain Monitor System (GMS) project entailed building a ruggedized, mobile spectrometer initially for farming applications. The GMS team was a group of ordinary developers, who achieved highly extraordinary results through the power of an idea. The powerful idea is simply this: If you make it easier to find bugs than it is to create new ones, you have the possibility of producing bug-free software.

Key Takeaways:

  • To do Extreme Programming, all you need is people empowered to govern their work.
  • If you make it easier to find bugs than it is to create new ones, you have the possibility of producing bug-free software.
  • Bug-free software lets you build trust with your sponsors and customers, spend more of your time productively, and stay in control of your project.

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