Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Agile is as old as the mountains

I have read with pleasure this article on the lives of illustrious programmers.

Also available here

I found this sentence particularly intriguing:

Most of these programmers had (and have) a programming methodology that today would be called Agile. They mostly created a prototype that worked, and kept adding functionality until it was ready to ship. They worked iteratively in small teams. And, as Bricklin's current thoughts indicate, these developers were always cognizant that at some point you have to quit adding to the software and send it out the door. I found myself wondering how many readers imagine that "Agile" is something new.

Agile Methodologists try to teach us what - when left alone to self-organize our work - we have been doing for ages, out of "professional instinct" - that is the shortest path to success.

Agile, old as the mountains.

 I have listened also this presentation, very critical and well formulated. Still, I keep thinking that all these Agile practitioners are extremely verbose and religious.

Jean Tabaka and "I don't like Mondays". It was quoted by this article on Neuroscience.

This is one of the books recommended.
And this.

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