Leo Stezano (Columbia University Libraries) wrote a post for the LITA Blog entitled Agile Development: Building an Agile Culture. In the post, Stezano outlines some tips for fostering a successful agile development shop in a library setting. Additionally, he provides links for further reading on agile development teams and the broader discussion of institutional culture issues at play in software development.
Agile development necessitates a specific set of skills that are not intrinsically related to coding mastery: flexibility, teamwork, and ability to take responsibility for a project’s ultimate success are all extremely important. Once the team is formed, management should work to bring team members closer together and create the right environment for information sharing and investment.
Librarians will benefit from Stezano’s tips as they consider the ways in which they may contribute to an environment in which agile development of digital projects can flourish.