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A very short rant (picture jumping-up-and-down tantrum)

 

Throwing out all process and making the deadline for your new project, 30 days from now, does NOT make what you're doing “An agile process” it makes it “Hacking”.

 

If you look at it as a first of many releases, then *maybe* you're heading there, but fricking-frack read a book about Agile and stop using it as a description for every train-wreck project out there.

 

Agile has a HUGE amount of process, it just doesn't look like it to an out side person.  And I REALLY want to kick the next agile zealot who tells people, “we don't do specs, we just write code - that's agile“.  No damn it, the proper response is, “we don't do specs, we got Bob over there who is our customer, he's also a part of our team, we talk with him all day long BECAUSE HE SITS WITH US and is the embodiment of our spec.“

 

 

Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2005 11:47 AM Agile Development | Back to top


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No, that's a death march...
I am very surprised that management types haven't latched onto Agile as another excuse to push developers to hack something together and deliver it in a month.



>>Throwing out all process and making the deadline for your new project, 30 days from now, does NOT make what you're doing “An agile process” it makes it “Hacking”.

Left by Scott Miller on Aug 31, 2005 11:52 AM

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I feel for you Malcolm and I agree wholeheartedly. That and $3 will get you a latte.

Which you probably need right now...

It sounds like you are approaching the task of "evangelizing Agile" from too low of a level. Get a few minutes and sit down the management. Go up a level or two. Explain the advantages of agile, and then explain that what is being asked of you is NOT agile.

Otherwise, you are being set up. Someone wants to kill agile and the best way to do that is to give it a bad name... and the best way to do that is to make sure that the Agilist fails.

So they can say "see... the Agilist failed. Must be because he used that Agile nonsense."
Left by Nick Malik on Sep 08, 2005 4:18 PM

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