Re: [scrumdevelopment] Stories and Algorithms
- RonPerhaps 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
> 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
> If it is more than you need, it is waste. -- Andy Seidl
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