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Catchy title don't you think?  If you are not familiar with the reference, check out The Blues Brothers.  So, let's look at the movie and break it down. 

The opening scene is that of a dilapidated factory, that quickly fades out.  This is in essence the foreshadowing of the death of traditional software factories.  The old adage of "Big Design" up front is gone, and "Just in Time" is here.  This is of course followed by a look inside Joliet prison, which is the perfect metaphor for that feeling we have all had, where we were trapped by a project and process.

Luckily our "Hero" and lead developer Jake has just finished his most recent project (Run waterfall I might add), and is ready to move on to the next challenge.  He waits for his fellow developer and partner in their "consulting" firm Elwood.  Here we discover that these two are no ordinary developers.  In fact, they quickly show us that they can face any challenge head on.  How many times have you heard "We will cross that bridge when we get to it"?  Well Jake and Elwood find that bridge (An open draw bridge) and cross it with relative ease.

The new client is introduced at this point in the movie, St. Helen of The Blessed Shroud Orphanage.  As is par for the course, the client has a "simple" problem that needs to be sorted, but in reality, the client has no idea what it would really take to solve it.  The Blues Brothers try as nicely as they can to explain the difficulties and pitfalls of the project, and are rewarded with a quick beating, followed by a quicker exit down the stairs.  Any consultant, who has ever had to deal with a difficult client, can sympathize with the analogy.

Needless to say, when in consulting, you take what you can get, and Jake and Elwood take the job.  On their way out, a far more experienced PM gives them some friendly advice "Get Wise, Get to Church.  We can look at the idea of going to church, as the war room.  It is a place to congregate with your peers, and think about the problems you have and look for an answer to them.

At this point in the movie, we are at the initial architecture phase, and Jake and Elwood go to church too find some answers.  Suddenly Jake has an epiphany (Gets hit with a beam of light), and the architecture is clear.  Now to put the band back together…

Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2009 8:52 PM Random | Back to top

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This is good. I can't wait to hear what Carrie Fisher has to play in Agile Development. BTW the church scene is one of my favorite movie moments.
Left by dtinsley on Apr 13, 2009 3:01 PM

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