Re: [XP] XP and Scrum

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• ... So it s a no-win scenario. So what? We all know how to deal with those: just sneak into the computer room the night before and reprogram the simulation
Message 1 of 138 , May 4, 2008
Ron Jeffries wrote:
> Hello, Gary. On Tuesday, April 29, 2008, at 7:32:37 PM, you wrote:
>
>> I am always amazed and confused by the practioners here about the use
>> of the words imposed and forced. To his credit, George didn't use
>> those words, but I admit to trying to nudge him in that direction.
>> And Ron too, truth be told.
>
> My feeling was that you had devised a no-win scenario, a boss who
> issued commands and a programmer who had me by the nuts. In my whole
> life I've never let myself get there by dealing with issues sooner.

So it's a no-win scenario. So what? We all know how to deal with
those: just sneak into the computer room the night before and reprogram
the simulation so Kobayashi Corp. can be saved after all.

--George <jtkirk@...>
• Chris, On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 9:07 AM, Chris Wheeler ... 1. if you have a measurable dependent variable, which we haven t. 2. if you have enough consistent
Message 138 of 138 , May 14, 2008
Chris,

On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 9:07 AM, Chris Wheeler
<christopher.wheeler@...> wrote:
> On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 11:48 AM, Manuel Klimek <klimek@...> wrote:
>
>>
>> From what I know about maths, combining metrics about which we have no
>> idea how strongly they are correlated with the dependent variable /and
>> each other/ means that we can't say anything about it. The 'errors'
>> might cancel out, they might multiply, and I think the basic problem
>> is to find the correlation of the independent variables. If we knew
>> these, we could create a metric that explains the dependent variable
>> in a better way.
>>
>> I don't think regression analysis applies here because of the
>> interdependence of the errors of the independent variables.
>
> Ok. Like I said, read up on it. There are ways to discern multicollinearity
> amongst independent variables and ways to deal with it. Regression analysis
> is helpful in determining how much variation in your dependent variable is
> accounted for by your independent variables.

1. if you have a measurable dependent variable, which we haven't.
2. if you have enough consistent data that you can do sound
statistical analysis, which is moot if you don't have (1), but which
is hard to come by, even if you have (1). With consistent I mean that
the environment does not change in a way that the metrics change
without the target metric changing. Which would lead to all that
repeatability that CMMI seems to be about, which seems to lead to
making the same error over and over again, just to be able to prove
3. I said interdependence of the errors, which I think is something
else than covariance of the independent variables, whilst related to
it and probably computable if you could find out the covariances. But
I confess that I am not on firm ground here.

> Or, don't read up on it. Whatever suits you.

I already read up on it since you hinted me to do so, and I knew about