April 1, 2006
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The crux of the WUP methodology lies in being able to get into the
"Waterfall Hyper Iteration Funk" or WHIF for short. Not at all like
"Object Think," WHIF is much, much easier to grasp and to realize in
full. While snobby people with beards and pipes wax philosophical about
Objects, Inheritance, Encapsulation, UNIX, penguins, and what not, the
WHIF philosophy permits only one single program unit (well, sometimes
two if there is a user interface like a printer). In the WHIF world,
stuff just runs downhill. It is so easy you can think of it like
falling off of a cliff - once you do it, you never forget. Just ask
your fellow lemmings.
As a little preview of the session I will present at the conference,
let's try a little WHIF mind exercise...
First off, picture being at this session lying on your yoga mat, shoes
and socks off, under armour on, next to the BA and DBA and word
template curator. I have the patchoulli and sandalwood incense burning
already. The lights dim and the slow music starts. It's a duet with
Celine Dion and Barry Manilow (and occasionally ABBA) - your favorite
mix of late 70's soft crock and Gregorian chants (with Julian
conversions). The WUP Swami (like a scrum master but with more zen)
starts everyone off:
Now, imagine you are a waterfall droplet. You look
over your shoulder, what do you see?
An upstream droplet.
Good. You are getting it! Now, get back into that place where you are
that droplet again.
Look forward and tell me...what do you see? Another
Excellent! We will go into more detail in our session and you should be
able to earn enough credits to gain a CMMj Level 6 (Crazily Mangled
Modeling judo) certificate and the free bar of hotel soap that comes
with the certificate.
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