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  • it's not extreme to you because you've already bought into it and you're looking at it from a smart developer's point of view. Of course small development iterations are good; of course forcing customers to choose features based on an honest assessment of the costs is good; of course continuous testing is good.

    IME XP really is extreme for old-school big-design-up-front folks. Or for people who think Big Serious Projects require one or more Serious Architects who dictate in the form of The Specification to the Small Developers what Shall Be Done. And then the project is 50% over budget and 66% late, but they keep doing the same thing over and over, because it's what they know. And it's not just old COBOLers either -- for an extreme reaction, just bring up pair programming on any development list or forum that isn't solely populated by xp-folks... :-)

    I do think the association with Mountain Dew, bungee jumping and crazy ski guys is unfortunate and causes people to have a bad first impression. Too late now...