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SOHO Agile: Is agile relevant to the SOHO developer?

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SOHO Agile: Is agile relevant to the SOHO developer?

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Agile is often seen as a team process, and certainly agile lends itself to team activities. So can you apply agile to the Sole Home Office developer?

There are some practices which are obviously more difficult if you work by yourself, for example performing a code review could be tricky. But there are other agile activities which may work well even if you are a one person team.

Take for example iterative releases. Regardless if you are in a team or not iterative release cycles allow you to deliver regular updates to your customers hopefully keeping them delighted with what you do. Regular release also help you stay competitive. And TDD? You do not need a team for that, and if you are a SOHO developer then you could well benefit from a TDD approach as a second pair of mechanical eyes to ensure you haven’t broken anything with your latest changes.

How about setting up a Continuous Integration server? This could be another practice which could make your life easier, especially as a SOHO developer.

So can agile be applied to the SOHO developer? Personally I think it can, and can be of great benefit.

Are you a SOHO developer and you use agile techniques to deliver your products? If you do I would love to know.

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