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"First do it, then do it right, then do it fast."
- Anonymous - There are many variants of this quote. The basic idea is that you should not try to start optimizing your code from the start, but try to get a simple design that works. When you try to optimize early, you often get a design that is too complicated and fragile, and you often end up optimizing something that isn't even a bottleneck.

"Developers prefer to use agile methods. Mangagers prefer to use heavy methods."
- Anonymous - 2000 IT mangaers: 67% agreed
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"Agile methods derive much of their agility by relying on the tacit knowledge embodied in the team, rather than writing the knowleadge down in plans."
- Barry Boehm
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"We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value: Individuals and interactions over processes and tools, working software over comprehensive documentation, customer collaboration over contract negotiation, responding to change over following a planþ"
- Anonymous - Agile Software Development Manifesto

"We are still in the infancy of naming what is really happening on software development projects."
- Alistair Cockburn - Agile Software Development

"A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little nor too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity. "
- Geoffrey James - From The Tao of Programming, message 4.1.

 
  
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