Re: [agile-usability] Negative perception of agile teams (was: seeking agitator)
- On Tuesday, July 5, 2005, at 11:01:26 AM, grahamastles wrote:
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dingbat99999"That's so interesting. Software development is a distance run. When
> <bruce.rennie@o...> wrote:
>> There are apocryphal stories I've heard about shops where teams
>> practicing XP were viewed in a negative way because they didn't
>> exhibit the same "sense of urgency" as the other teams in the
> I don't think the stories are all apocryphal. One of my clients, and
> old-style manager from a marketing background does that. He has one
> team on an old technology and a broken product who do death marches on
> a regular basis, and a new team using java/struts/eclipse with XP.
> He does not credit Agile with the success, just the technology. And
> he complains that there is not the same sense of urgency and
> commitment in the XP team. Totally subjective. So whenever he feels
> under financial pressure, he complains about his XP team's relaxed
> working atmosphere. He does not realize how it is not relaxed, but
> quite intense and focused on quality and delivery. They are just not
> as frazzled as the others...
you watch a really great runner -- or bike rider -- they are mostly
just loping along, no energy wasted.
Tense, tired programmers don't do better work -- they do worse. But
maybe they're more fun to watch or something, especially when they
keel over and die.
He who will not apply new remedies must expect old evils. -- Francis Bacon