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Question? Principles (Simplicity)
Last Post 11 Feb 2014 02:41 AM by Bhuvan Misra. 4 Replies.
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Mehdi Hafezi
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30 Jan 2014 05:43 AM
    Could you please explain following sentence from the "Principles behind the Agile Manifesto"?

    source: http://agilemanifesto.org/principles.html


    { Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential. }
    Ian Mitchell
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    30 Jan 2014 07:10 AM
    Maximizing the amount of work not done means minimizing waste. A product should be fit for purpose and efficient and economical in terms of resources used. Those resources are then available for more constructive purposes.

    Efficiency and economy breed simplicity and the reduction of future waste.The simpler a product is, the less there us to go wrong and the less technical debt is likely to be incurred.
    Charles Bradley
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    30 Jan 2014 07:15 AM
    Mehdi,

    I wrote a blog post on this exact subject:

    http://scrumcrazy.wordpress.com/201...implicity/
    Mehdi Hafezi
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    30 Jan 2014 10:16 AM
    @Ian + Charles: Thank you both for your prompt answers.

    The Authors of "Principles behind the Agile Manifesto" apparently forgot to apply "Simplicity" when phrasing this sentence!

    Mehdi ;-)

    Bhuvan Misra
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    11 Feb 2014 02:41 AM
    The concept of simplicity manifests itself in the Agile thru experience gained in Lean and Kanban as well. Some of the ideas I can relate with based on my current understanding are:

    # Minimum Viable Product ~= Create what is necessary, no more, no less. You Aren’t Gonna Need It, Achieve Just Barely Good Enough
    #Limit Work in Progress ~= Do as many things at a time as are practically doable.
    # Eliminate Waste ~= Extra features, partially done work etc.

    --Bhuvan.
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