Agile to the rescue

On 27 February 2010, an earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale struck Chile, killing 700 and leaving 1.5 million people displaced. Hours after the disaster, a software developer sent out a single tweet on Twitter, pleading for volunteers to put their IT skills to use. Hundreds responded, and they launched a website development project called Chile Ayuda. This article examines how these Chilean developers and IT project managers used an agile hybrid to bring a fractured Chile back together. It details the hybrid recipe used by the team to make the most of its resources. It then identifies the multiple features that were required by the project: creating the website interface; integrating Google's Person Finder app with a Twitter stream; integrating an interactive map; and creating a Facebook app to help people search for missing family members and friends. It describes how the project was organized and overviews the decision-making processes. It then discusses how the dedicated agile coaches and project
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