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XP and fruit-picking (was Re: is that a fork in the road?)

Marcus Carr writes:

 > > In fact (in particular from the Extreme Programming point of
 > > view), you should arguably *always* use it as a model for
 > > software development.
 > Yes, but they would all involve having fairly concrete vision of
 > the endgame requirements during development.

On the contrary, the XP people grasp at the low-hanging fruit
precisely because they do not trust their knowledge of the endgame
requirements.  They know that the requirements *will* change during
development, drastically and continuously, so they implement the bare
minimum necessary to meet their short-term goals (i.e. two- to
three-weeks) and give the customer a chance to have some hands-on
experience and (possibly) rewrite the requirements after each
iteration.  Wild stuff.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com