Agile Requirements for the Program Chapter 5. User Stories Chapter 7. Agile Estimating and Velocity Chapter 9. Iterating, Backlog, Throughput, and Kanban Chapter Acceptance Testing Chapter Role of the Product Owner Chapter Vision, Features, and Roadmap Chapter Role of the Product Manager Chapter The Agile Release Train Chapter Release Planning Chapter Nonfunctional Requirements Chapter The term agile management is applied to an iterative, incremental method of managing the design and build activities of engineering, information technology and other business areas that aim to provide new product or service development in a highly flexible and interactive manner, based on the principles expressed in the Manifesto for Agile Software Development.
Agile X techniques may also be called extreme project management. It is a variant of iterative life cycle  where deliverables are submitted in stages. The main difference between agile and iterative development is that agile methods complete small portions of the deliverables in each delivery cycle iteration ,  while iterative methods evolve the entire set of deliverables over time, completing them near the end of the project.
Both iterative and agile methods were developed as a reaction to various obstacles that developed in more sequential forms of project organization. For example, as technology projects grow in complexity, end users tend to have difficulty defining the long-term requirements without being able to view progressive prototypes. Projects that develop in iterations can constantly gather feedback to help refine those requirements. Agile management also offers a simple framework promoting communication and reflection on past work amongst team members.
There are typically two styles of agile coaching: push-based and pull-based agile coaching. Agile management approaches have also been employed and adapted to the business and government sectors. For example, within the federal government of the United States , the United States Agency for International Development USAID is employing a collaborative project management approach that focuses on incorporating collaborating, learning and adapting CLA strategies to iterate and adapt programming.
Adaptive project life cycle , a project life cycle, also known as change-driven or agile methods, that is intended to facilitate change and require a high degree of ongoing stakeholder involvement.
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Adaptive life cycles are also iterative and incremental, but differ in that iterations are very rapid usually weeks in length and are fixed in time and resources. Agile software development methods have been extensively used for development of software products and some of them use certain characteristics of software, such as object technologies. Some of the wider principles of agile software development have also found application in general management  e.
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Under an agile business management model, agile software development techniques, practices, principles and values are expressed across five domains. Agile software development paradigms can be used in other areas of life such as raising children. Its success in child development might be founded on some basic management principles; communication, adaptation, and awareness. In a TED Talk , Bruce Feiler shared how he applied basic agile paradigms to household management and raising children. Agile practices can be inefficient in large organizations and certain types of developments.
The increasing adoption of agile practices has also been criticized as being a management fad that simply describes existing good practices under new jargon, promotes a one size fits all mindset towards development strategies, and wrongly emphasizes method over results.
The agile movement is in some ways a bit like a teenager: very self-conscious, checking constantly its appearance in a mirror, accepting few criticisms, only interested in being with its peers, rejecting en bloc all wisdom from the past, just because it is from the past, adopting fads and new jargon, at times cocky and arrogant.
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Effective communication is the key, and we need a common language. The user story provides the common language to build understanding between the user and the technical team. Bill Wake, one of the creators of XP, describes it this way 2 :. A pidgin language is a simplified language, usually used for trade, that allows people who can't communicate in their native language to nonetheless work together.