Among many of my Oracle database administrator (DBA) friends, “agile” is widely regarded as a dirty word, a synonym for “sloppy.” However, adopting the principles of the Agile Manifesto (specifically, the implementation of the Agile Manifesto called Extreme Programming, or XP) has radically improved the commercial and technical success of projects that I’ve worked on.
Agile principles have enriched my entire life—not just professionally, but personally. The contradiction between the typical DBA’s perception of “agile” and my own is profound. This paper describes my experiences with Agile values and my implementation of them. I describe the circumstances that have led me to believe passionately that it’s XP that will best assure the success of my projects. I describe what has worked for me and why, and I describe what has not worked and why.