RE: [XP] Re: Agile Rentschian Thinking
> The Agile Manifesto simply contains a summary of the agile principlesYeah, four lines. Just think, if it had been 170 of you for 2 years you could
> 17 guys could articulate in 2 days.
have written a book.
> As such, any meaningful method has to "embrace change" but perhapsControlled by whom ? Aye, there's the rub.
> where we differ is that I would add "and do so in a controlled manner."
> if you are building a high rise, it would be infinitely stupid to startAgreed. Here and now, given our skill and knowledge, it would be
> with a pile of lumber and some hand tools and expect to be successful.
stupid. Do remember, though, that fairly simple biological organisms
routinely build, with their bare appendages, constructions which are
to them as a highrise is to us. Termites. Wasps.
Conclusion : it is not stupid to expect that we might *develop* the
knowledge and skill to build a highrise starting with a pile of
lumber and some hand tools.
Now. Metaphor is nice, but we are not, in fact, building highrises.
We are building software, a different kind of thing. What transposes
there from the metaphor, and what doesn't ?
> To be clear as well, I have problems with the pseudoscientific soundI don't see where you get that. Could be a language problem - as a
> bites in your statement: "embracing change" strikes me too much like
> the pop business edits of the 80's and 90's. I mean, what's the
> alternative? "I'm a Luddite."
freakin' furriner I always double-check this kind of thing.
Dictionary.com says : "embrace, to take up willingly or eagerly", or
more interestingly, "to avail oneself of". Thus the alternatives are:
"to accept change reluctantly", or even "not to avail oneself of the
possibilities offered by change". Which is where you're leading with
your "embrace change in a controlled manner".
Dictionary.com says Luddite is "One who opposes technical or
technological change". I think one could legitimately oppose some
kinds of technical change - human cloning is routinely opposed by
some people who, perhaps, might object to being labeled Luddites.
I definitely don't think "embrace change" is vacuous. On the
contrary, reading some Roberto Unger, who in the domain of social
science says the same thing under the slogan "Plasticity into Power",
I found more content in the position than I would have expected from
a principle of software development.
The greatest obstacle to transforming the world is that we lack the
clarity and imagination to conceive that it could be different.
Roberto Mangabeira Unger