RE: [scrumdevelopment] Programming the project (was: Raising the Bar on Agile WANNABEs)
- Sophos ad Machina might be appropriate (a poorly patterned pun of deus ex
Michael F. Dwyer
978 683 3439
From: Boris Gloger [mailto:boris.gloger@...]
Sent: Thursday, October 28, 2004 4:04 AM
Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Programming the project (was: Raising the
Bar on Agile WANNABEs)
since a couple of days I try to find a good answer to your question,
but I do not find one.
On Mon, 25 Oct 2004 10:43:45 -0600, Daniel Gackle <gackle@...> wrote:
> There's a common fallacy in the software business. The fallacy says that
> because software runs on a machine, a project that produces software
> must also be a machine. Hence the effort to program the people on the
> to force them to carry out some formula or code that (it is supposed)
> will generate the desired output, working software.
I like this observation, you say that we are looking for a process so
that we can treat the team as an engine that creates code, right?
> (Toolcentric thinking fits into this fantasy because tools are good for
> monitoring and controlling machines.)
and tools will help us to treat the team in this way, correct?
> Of course, the people who design software for computers are not
> themselves computers. And while it is fun to make code
> constructs, to /be/ a code construct is soul-destroying.
very cool observation, does this mean that the code is human? I mean,
is language human? In my understanding, code is nothing more than
text. A text that is readable by a non human thing. But in fact you
could talk in code, right? So maybe our product is not a "product" but
a being ein SEIN.
> Could so elementary a logical error really give rise to billions of
> worth of soul-destroying waste? I think it could. Of course, there
> are emotional factors driving the logical error.
What emotional factors drive this logical error? What do you think?
> Philosophy has well-defined names for common fallacies ("ad hominem" and
> the like). Does anybody know which category this one falls in?
Not by heard - but I will try to look it up.
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