Fwd: [XP] research on teams and co-location
- Ron Jeffries <ronjeffries@...>, at 5/30/2007 at 10:32 AM,
hopes that you will find this interesting:
Originally from: jalmeter_99@... <jalmeter_99@...>
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 9:45:19 AM
Subject: [XP] research on teams and co-location
Apropos our discussion on co-location, this just in on the XP list.
(Which is, by the way, probably a better venue for the whole
discussion than this one. Not that I mind ...)
Debugging is twice as hard as writing the code in the first place.
Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it. -- Brian Kernighan
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For thos interested in research supporting co-located teams, I just
stumbled on the following quote at sciam.com
(http://tinyurl.com/2oht7j). Unfortunately, I don't have time at the
moment to chase down the reference.
In an interesting twist, organizational behavior expert Kyle
Lewis of the McCombs School of Business at the University of
Texas at Austin found that the development of a team's ability
to access distributed knowledge required face-to-face
interaction. In groups that communicated exclusively by phone
or e-mail, this skill did not emerge -- an observation of
increasing importance, given the rise of teams that operate
remotely and coordinate sometimes only through computer
interactions. It should prompt concerted efforts to understand
the reasons for such barriers and explore whether web-cams,
videoconferencing or other technologies that allow people to
interact will help overcome this problem. For now, the best
solution may be to guarantee some face time for team members
throughout their project.
Jason L. Almeter
jalmeter underscore 99 yahoo
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