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What Can Agile Methods Bring to High-Integrity Software Development?

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There is much interest in Agile engineering, especially for software development. Agile's proponents promote its flexibility, leanness, and ability to manage changing requirements, and deride the plan-driven or waterfall approach. Detractors criticize Agile's free-for-all.

At Altran U.K., we use disciplined and planned engineering, particularly when it comes to high-integrity systems that involve safety, security, or other critical properties. A shallow analysis is that Agile is anathema to high-integrity systems development, but this is a naïve reaction. Pertinent questions include:


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