It seems that there may be some synergy between Rumsfeld’s agile military reform project and agile software development methods. Agile Software Development for an Agile Force draws this parallel and describes a sample project. It is nice to see articles like federal programmers get agile. I think agile development may be winning its battle for the “hearts and minds” of programmers.
Crosstalk (The Journal of Defense Software Engineering) devoted an entire issue to agile methods. They seem to have a regular stream of agile articles:
Bridging Agile and Traditional Development Methods: A Project Management Perspective
A Pair Programming Experience
The Quality of Requirements in Extreme Programmin
Extreme Methodologies for an Extreme World
I wonder if this means research dollars for agile methods?
I watched part of general Taguba’s testimony on the problems in Abu Ghraib prison. It seems that understaffing may have been a contributing factor. I am interested to see how closely this scandal becomes tied to Rumsfeld’s agile military initiative.