Originally Posted by skybolt
Actually the Echo is more waterfall, agile implies documentation and an evolving spec. with user stories. Not the case here. Except for this new addition of ICS, and I suspect this forum would be the user stories though.
All development processes are interpreted by different companies in different ways. Each team can actually interpret and work differently even on the same project.
The "agile" approach that many companies like to say they do is not really agile at all. A lot of companies use the old waterfall method which does work for some companies, however I am not a fan at all of this process.
Waterfall is usually 3 parts:
1.) Huge up front documentation & design
2.) Hand it off to developers and they code away until it is done
3.) Hand it over to test & validation
(repeat steps 2 & 3 over and over until the product is perfect by T&V)
Between each step the project is basically thrown over to the next team, which to me is why they call it waterfall.
Most companies now try to implement SCRUM process which is an "agile" approach. The great thing about SCRUM is that you can actually implement it any way you see fit and I personally love because it is a blend of All 3 categories making up 1 team. So each team usually has someone from design, development and test. You pick out top features that are most important based on various things. Usually you can work towards goals of new deliveries every 1-3 weeks, which is pretty neat. There is a lot more to it than that obviously, and this isn't the forum for that.
In case people were wondering what these terms meant.
The primary focus of the beta was to get feedback from users and to solve as many high priority bugs and implement new features as well. We got a lot of feedback and have been working as hard as possible to close out as many items as possible that are reported with also doing a lot of other items as well that might not actually be visible to the end user, but is overall extremely important in the experience. The goal and main focus was always on the core Extender functionality of the echo.