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December 2011 Volume 11

Agile project management leaders need to define 'sustainable pace'

One of the 12 principles of Agile project management contained in the Agile manifesto is that these processes promote sustainable development and developers should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.But what does the term sustainable pace mean? Like many concepts, it means different things to different people, but I have found that a good analogy for setting a sustainable pace in the software world can be found in athletics. My brother Daniel recently began participating in triathlons, races that include running, swimming and bicycling for long distances. The Ironman triathlon that is held in Hawaii is a well-known example. The training and discipline it takes to participate amaze me. I have never seen my brother look better in his life. Here's another type of athletics: My daughters, JoHanna and Jillian, are competitive Irish dancers. When they compete, they work very hard to instill explosive energy into their 1- to 2-minute dances. I don't think anyone would deny that my brother and daughters are all great ...

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