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A Guidance Framework for Applying Extreme Programming Practices to Your Scrum Implementation

Published: 28 July 2015

ID: G00278069

Analyst(s): Bill Holz


Teams that are struggling with their agile adoption should augment Scrum with Extreme Programming (XP) technical practices. XP helps agile development teams achieve the speed, consistency and quality needed to deliver a "shippable product" at the end of each sprint.

Table Of Contents

Problem Statement

  • Background
  • What Is Scrum?

The Gartner Approach

  • Background

The Guidance Framework

  • Prework
    • Organizational Maturity
    • Train the Team
    • Process Maturity
  • Part 1: Implement Continuous Integration
    • Implementation
    • Best Practices
    • Cautions
  • Part 2: Adopt Test-Driven Development Practices
    • Unit Testing
    • Simple Design
    • Refactoring
  • Part 3: Adopt and Encourage Pair Programming
    • Implementation
    • Colocated Team
    • Distributed
    • Best Practices
    • Cautions
  • Part 4: Measure for Success and Adjust
    • Implementation
    • Best Practices
    • Cautions
  • Follow Up

Risks and Pitfalls

  • Organizations Don't Respect Developer Choices
  • Organizational Disruption
  • Developers Refuse to Evolve
  • Lack of Budget Doesn't Allow for Training

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