Re: [scrumdevelopment] Controversial Dzone post - 7 Agile Best Practices that You Don ’t Need to Follow
- Well put, Laurent, agreed. There are numerous other problems with the article, too -- I was just summarizing. :-)
Not worth my time to refute each idiotic statement he makes.-------
Professional Scrum Trainer
From: Laurent Bossavit <laurent@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 4:34 AM
Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Controversial Dzone post - 7 Agile Best Practices that You Don’t Need to Follow
> This guy's articles are of the "shock jock" / argue against a straw man "type" that appear a lot in articles about Agile. He's taking what appears to be(on the surface) a controversial stance to gain attention.
Agreed, as far as this one article is concerned.
The title is pure link-bait, and betrayed almost immediately in the first section which weasels around a lukewarm condemnation of TDD - "if you like it, do it" - as if this were a matter of fashion.
The section on pair programming contains at least one blatant distortion:
..."one study (Vanhanen and Lassenius 2007) found that people only pair between 1.5 and 4 hours a day on average"...
The paper actually says something else (that typical pairing sessions last 1.5-4h; that does not preclude multiple sessions in a day).
The rest is of even lower caliber - at least the first two sections introduce some evidence, though quite selective; the remaining sessions come across as padding, being much shorter and no more substantial than a statement of the author's opinions and prejudices.
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