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13487Re: [scrumdevelopment] Stories and Algorithms

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  • mike.dwyer1@comcast.net
    May 1, 2006
      Perhaps the reason I share your position on the value of a weeks worth of work is the notion that after a week we now have that much more information about what the problem isn't.
      Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. ~Walter Elliott, The Spiritual Life

      The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground. ~Author Unknown
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      From: Ron Jeffries <ronjeffries@...>

      > On Monday, May 1, 2006, at 3:08:10 AM, Steven Farlie wrote:
      > > Not at all. I'm saying that you should recognise when a particular process
      > > is inappropriate for the task at hand.
      > > It's the old "when you have a hammer everything looks like a nail"
      > > problem. Put down the hammer (iterations) and find the proper tool for the
      > > job. Mike may need to move the algorithm work into a subproject with a
      > > more appropriate methodology.
      > > There are plenty of other methodologies out there. A lot of them worked
      > > for someone at some point in time for a particular problem. Perhaps their
      > > problem was similar to Mike's.
      > Well ... it's possible that some work cannot be done in iterations:
      > I even have a couple of candidates in mind.
      > However, a focus on finding a way to get things done in small bites
      > is very valuable for a number of reasons including these few:
      > iterations make progress more visible, more steady, and more
      > predictable;
      > time-boxing our work helps us avoid over-engineering, and helps
      > discover problems sooner;
      > frequent integration due to short iterations keeps us ready to
      > ship and practiced at it;
      > short iterations make communications problems between PO and
      > developers more visible, and correct them sooner.
      > I would not lightly suggest that iterations be dropped.
      > With respect to the algorithm, I'd want to explore not just the
      > questions I asked before, which relate to who wants it and what
      > value they perceive in it. I'd also want to consider the algorithm
      > itself. Many, if not most, algorithms are modular by nature,
      > containing phases, approximations, refinements.
      > It's hard for me to imagine an algorithm that can't be usefully
      > attacked in a week, much less in two or a month. No doubt there are
      > some, but I'd not assume that going in.
      > Ron Jeffries
      > www.XProgramming.com
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