Software developers should rarely be made to work more than 40 hour weeks, and if one week does require overtime, the next one certainly should not. This helps to maintain programmer welfare and avoid a death march project.
A metaphor that everyone (whole team, customers, management, stakeholders) agrees on for how the system works.
Kent Beck created four rules of Simple Design. These are sometimes referred to as The Four Commandments or the XP Simplicity Rules. The rules, in priority order, are that code should: Pass all tests Express the author’s ideas Avoid duplication … Continued
Collective code ownership breaks down fiefdoms within an application’s codebase. Nobody “owns” a particular part of the code. Everyone on the team is responsible for all of the code. This enables pair programming and refactoring by the whole team. It … Continued
Helps to ensure shared understanding within an XP team.
Frequent, small releases help ensure constant communication and tight feedback loops.
An XP Practice.
Continuous Integration is an XP practice that ensures problems with the full system are detected as soon after they are introduced as possible. It refers to automatically building and testing the full system (integrating the system with all of its … Continued
It is hard to overestimate the importance of choosing good names for source code elements in software development. Much has been written on this topic, and it is often a source of great debate. “What makes a name good, or … Continued
An XP Practice, Whole Team refers to the idea that the team involved in building an application or delivering a project is the whole team. If the project needs UI design, or testing, or data modeling, the individuals with those … Continued