Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Agile Development Across Locations

The Career OnDemand team is distributed across Palo Alto, Walldorf, Germany and Budapest, Hungary. It has been an interesting exercise of Agile development so far. We relied on prototyping and did not write any detailed specifications. The designers of the product are heavily involved with the development team, sometimes on a daily basis.

When it comes to discussing the details of features, we are relying on limited use case descriptions, prototypes along with videos that tell the story. It has been a learning experience. I'll keep you posted about how it goes, from the product manager's point of view.

Many colleagues from other companies have told me that Agile development does not work across locations and they switched back to the waterfall model midpoint.  I hope we don't have to go there.

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