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Is too much value placed on pedigree?
The Sins of Our Education System As we all know, Agilists tend to frown on specialization. I am no exception. I tend to think that I take that sentiment a bit further though. I believe that designers should program and that programmers should draw wireframes. Before you dismiss me out of hand as a crackpot, hear me out. Hopefully by now, most UX designers (and hopefully some developers) have read The Design of Everyday Things. Hopefully those same designers have accepted that their difficulty with ......

Posted On Sunday, August 17, 2008 11:35 AM

People would rather die than admit control is an illusion
The following quotes are exerpted from Cargo Cult Methodology. "[M]anagement demanded that we estimate—and commit to—a schedule and budget" "[B]ut 'making a delivery' ... required additional effort. There was no scheduled time for that either" "[A]s the months went by, we learned more about the problem, and we had changes requested; that meant more use cases and more effort" "[T]here was a lot of whining in upper management about how we'd made commitments, so why couldn't we keep them" "[T]ime to ......

Posted On Monday, August 11, 2008 1:50 PM

Wash your hands of garbage every few weeks rather than flushing entire applications.
Is it really that important? I've seen too many applications meet their end because people got caught up in the tripe. I've personally lost development time to "Go back and use that font" or "Make it that color blue instead". In my personal experience, managers and customers (and it gets worse as you go higher up the food chain) defer to you on all the really important stuff but try to meddle in the details. Just say no! This happens for two reasons: People like forcing demonstrable change on the ......

Posted On Saturday, August 9, 2008 11:13 AM

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