Re: Today's article on UseIt.com
- You're right, of course; my comment was only half-serious (which means
it can only be half-specious ;-). Email is obviously the worst example
of collaborative communication vehicles; however, I expect we'd all
agree that at the opposite end of the spectrum is physical colocation.
The main point I was trying to make was my latter assertion (which is
fully-serious), that the historical advantages of physical solitude in
software development have been mostly deprecated. The job is no longer
*primarily* about deep thinking or pioneering coding techniques, but
rather about applying known techniques to user and business problems.
And I think this modern development process is always enhanced by
On Jan 2, 2009, at 10:07 AM, "tmfspeck" <Kurt@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, Dan Blaker <blakerspam@...>
>> This email thread is, itself, an argument against the supposed
>> of remote working. So many misunderstandings, misinterpretations and
>> misidentifications in a single debate! Just imagine if we were trying
>> to discuss the many alternative implementations for, eg, a web
> Irrespective of my position of co- vs "no-" location, I have to
> disagree with this premise. I work remotely, but achieve co-location
> via phone, IM, Yammer, and web-conferencing, e.g., Dimdim or
> LiveMeeting. Email *is* a lousy vehicle for the quick back-and-forth
> communication necessitated by the Agile process and, as such, is a
> last resort. IOW, comparing a forum thread and real-time group
> communication is, in my view, a bit specious.
> Yahoo! Groups Links
> > There are other studies (I don't have the exact quote) that showthat
> > the difference between a top-notch developer and a run-of-the-millone
> > is a factor of 10 or so.http://forums.construx.com/blogs/stevemcc/archive/2008/03/27/productivit
> The back up for that is here :-
Thx James. I always assumed that this was indeed supported by actual
studies, but still had a small nagging doubt that it might be one of
those urban legends that start with "studies show that ...." ;-). This
is a good reference which eliminates that doubt.