Is it me, or have others found Agile development projects to be chaotic? I will not profess to be an expert in this area. I've been a developer on about four Agile-based projects, ranging from a handful of developers to a team of 20. And, on the larger projects, the more Agile is pushed the more chaos seems to result.
At worst it feels like a mad coding free-for-all, in an effort to meet development targets, while abandoning or ignoring coding conventions and best practices. The idea being, "if we just get the cards done...the project will get done".
I don't know how many times I've coded up a piece of functionality, written tests, etc., only to find weeks later, that someone else on the team "refactored" it, rendering it unusable. One step forward, two steps back. I've only really experienced this on Agile projects.
Don't get me wrong, when I first encountered Agile I felt it had merit; and I still do. But somewhere between theory and execution the plot can get lost.
I've always consider myself to be self-managing. You give me a spec and I will methodically design, develop, test and document it to a finished product. Maybe that's a bit old-school, but it got the job done.
I would be interested in what others think about this.