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69361Re: [XP] How do agile methods survive in highly structured organisations

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  • Ron Jeffries
    Feb 4, 2003
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      On Tuesday, February 4, 2003, at 6:31:45 AM, Michael Kenny wrote:

      > An XP team will produce excellent software, stable, bug free etc.
      > In a command-control organisation the danger is that the software you
      > produce is not what is needed however perfect it may be.

      > What's going on? The team is great at using negotiation/feedback loops
      > to build what we think is needed. But this discussion and feedback
      > remains focussed on mostly technical/structural issues and is in a
      > sense in a self-focussed world of its own.

      > Why? At some stage above/beyond the team there is a hierarchy and a
      > divide, where such feedback and questioning, cooperation and social
      > dialogue turns into corporate monologue or a command from above. We
      > want such-and- such a system. That's it. Then you deliver it and noone
      > can use it. In these projects XP will be considered a failure even
      > though the failure lies elsewhere.

      Do you think there is a better way than XP to build software in an
      organization like you describe?

      Ron Jeffries
      The practices are not XP. They are a path to XP.
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