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Are You Ready for XP?

Here's my "Ready for XP" checklist:

  • Flexible working environment

  • Tools available on your target platform

  • Management support at upper level

  • Key developer and management champions in place

  • Customer relationship is positive (non-combative)

  • Customer is flexible in delivery (not tied to internal standards)

  • Project duration is short (for your first project)

  • Team cooperation has been proven at some level

  • Team and customer can be collocated

  • Reasonable pool of senior developers (team is not bottom-heavy with juniors)

  • Hardware can be procured for machines

  • Platform will support continuous integration (build times can be short, etc.)

  • Work-ethic alignment to XP principles

  • XP champion has depth of knowledge in XP (may be primarily theoretical)

  • Project is at a stage where XP can be applied (not deployment time!)

  • Flexibility in commercial arrangements

In reality no "one size fits all" mentality can be applied to development; you must consider your environment, customers, and value basis.

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