You know the sales pitch by now: agile development helps to deliver value to stakeholders fast and efficiently. Frequent releases guarantee maximum visibility. We want to see progress now. So we’ll spare a thought for security along the way and worry about it when it’s too late.
Don’t get me wrong: if that’s how a team chooses to work they only have themselves to blame. There is nothing in agile development that downplays the importance of security. It’s just that an inordinate focus on delivering visible value fast doesn’t bode well for safe software, as this is a quality attribute that takes time (=money) to do well and meanwhile is not very visible to end users. Until it all goes horribly wrong of course. (more…)