What Is Next After Extreme Programming?

Dec 15th, 2002 by Tony in Questioning XP

The success of XP has reawakened interest in software development methodologies. The fact that it has become popular without large organizational backing or promoting represents a large shift in the software development community.

Although you could easily be misled into thinking that XP is the ultimate approach to software development, there are many competing approaches out there. Sooner or later another approach will catch the attention of the software development community and XP will become just another way to develop software. Personally, I think that this can not happen soon enough, because the hype surrounding XP hinders reasonable discussions about where it works and how to apply it.

Overall, though, any successor or alternative to XP will have to be superlative to supplant it in teams that have a lot of experience in using XP. This is not to say that XP is the end of the line for process evolution, just than XP is very captivating for a lot of people. It is a development process that people actually enjoy using.

— Pete McBreen, Questioning Extreme Programming, Chapter 21

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