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RE: [scrumdevelopment] Re: Comments on Silver Bullets

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  • Ken Schwaber
    I think we might get Coors to include us. Ken ... From: fredb001 [mailto:fredb001@comcast.net] Sent: Monday, January 19, 2004 10:17 PM To:
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      I think we might get Coors to include us.

      -----Original Message-----
      From: fredb001 [mailto:fredb001@...]
      Sent: Monday, January 19, 2004 10:17 PM
      To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Re: Comments on Silver Bullets

      Great article. Thank you!

      > The belief that there will be some magical
      > incantation, tool, or facility that will kill the difficulty of >
      > software development has haunted our industry as long as I've been
      > developing software, and I remember the 60's.

      I remember reading that the first programming language in the late
      40's was thought to signify the end of the need for programmers.

      > Remember heavyweight methodologies?

      All too well. All too painfully. I'm afraid heavyweight
      methodologies' legacy is an aversion to any methodology at all. Not
      that this aversion wasn't present to begin with. But I'd say
      heavyweight methodologies reinforced it dramatically at every level
      in the organization: the programmers didn't like using them and
      management didn't like the drop in productivity.

      > Agile processes are sometimes thought of as silver bullets.

      Being a silver bullet does seem to be the chief criticism leveled at
      agile processes -- at least the opening volley. "Look at the new
      cure-all fad they're trying to foist on us." (The middle of these
      arguments is usually "It's just commonsense" and end with "Of
      course, we were doing it this way all along.")

      > The reason is the shortage of people who know what they are doing.

      Truer words were never spoken. Also, I think things would be more
      hopeful if a lot more people know, as Phil Armour might put it, that
      they don't know what they are doing.

      In particular, I hope the last four paragraphs get the widest
      circulation possible. Maybe we could all pitch in for a spot during
      the Super Bowl?


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