process tailoring

Put it to the Test: Using Lightweight Experiments to Improve Team Processes

Level: Practicing

Experimentation is one way to gain insight into how processes perform for a team, but teams rarely do experiments, fearing such educational excursions will incur extra costs and cause schedule overruns. When facing a stalemate concerning pair programming, one team performed a lightweight experiment evaluating pair programming and programming alone with inspection. Through the experiment, the team learned that pair programming was faster than programming alone, required less effort, and had more predictable quality. Lightweight experimentation is easy, cost effective, and fun.

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