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Agile Development Meets Cloud Computing for Extraordinary Results at Salesforce.com

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Executive Summary

Since agile development was invented in the mid-1990s, it has revolutionized how software is created by emphasizing short development cycles based on fast customer feedback. With agile development, the application is constantly subjected to the reality check of actual users putting it through its paces. As a result, developers are less likely to get ahead of themselves by guessing what people will want. Nor are programming teams forced to estimate what they can deliver months in advance - an unattainable feat. Instead, R&D is more likely to build features people actually want. And because developers are looking ahead for weeks, not months, major new releases are far more likely to be delivered on time. Developers using this methodology call the process "Continuous Improvement."

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