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A super team outperforms the loose group of superheroes

It’s clear to me that building a super team is more important than expecting to hire (or create) lone superheroes. A highly effective team can produce amazing output from mere mortals. I certainly have nothing against working to improve each individual. It IS important. To me, it just doesn’t make sense to do it at the expense of building a team. My e...

XP ensures we get it done, naturally

Its clear to me that XP ensures we get it done, naturally. We all knew we should write tests. The developers knew it. The managers knew it. Even the executives knew it. And still, it rarely happened. We ran out of time, budget, or energy before we got to them. And then agile said, if we simply write the tests first, then we know they'll get written...

I fight for agile because it counteracts Parkinson's Law

It's clear to me that I fight for agile practices because they help to counteract Parkinson's Law. I have been on teams that let developers disappear for weeks with no output to show for it. I have been on teams that let developers get lost in the weeds. Regularly. And by "developers", I mean me. Engineer's over engineer. That's what we do. It...

I don't want to feel stupid

It's clear to me that I don't want to feel stupid An interviewee just gave up in the middle of the coding exercise. He stopped and said "I don't want to do this anymore. This isn't worth it. This makes me feel stupid. And, I'm not. I know I'm not stupid, but this is making me question myself." You could say that he gave up. Or you could also say that...

It's clear to me why I fight for Agile

It's clear to me why I fight. Is it clear to you? I am privileged. I am privileged in that I have experienced agile. I have seen the multiplication. I have felt the whole team working to achieve a common goal. I want back in. I have worked at many places, all claiming to be agile or to be interested in transitioning to agile. Many were not. When I cont...