Easy Does It

Scott W. Ambler talks about simple tools like index cards and white boards for software development -- when they are valuable, when not, and how to combine with formal tools. Appears in Software Development Magazine.

    Simple tools are inclusive—with them, even your project stakeholders can actively participate in your project. Simple tools also provide tactile feedback and can be easily manipulated. Simple tools are flexible—you can easily write on an index card, move it around, and, when you no longer need it, simply rip it up. The same thing can be said of sticky notes, napkins and sheets of paper. Simple tools are nonthreatening to users—even if someone's afraid of losing a job to a computer, nobody's nervous about a stack of cards. Simple tools are also well-suited to both iterative and incremental development, in which problems are tackled a small portion at a time.

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