RE: [scrumdevelopment] Digest Number 1047
- Nice Story, Ron. Make a good point.
Author of: Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2005 15:27:03 -0400
From: Ron Jeffries <ronjeffries@...>
Subject: Re: There is no such thing as Technical Success
There's that story about the three stonemasons. Here's a version I
found on the Web:
> Several years ago a friend shared with me a story of a sojournerRon Jeffries
> who came upon three individuals working with stone. Curious as to
> what the workers were doing with the stones, the traveler
> approached the first worker and asked, "What are you doing with
> these stones?"
> Without hesitation the worker quickly responds, "I am a stone
> cutter and I am cutting stones." Not satisfied with this answer,
> the traveler approached the second worker and asked, "What are you
> doing with these stones?" The second worker paused for a moment
> and then explained, "I am a stone cutter and I am trying to make
> enough money to support my family."
> Having two different answers to the same question, the sojourner
> made his way to the third worker. The would-be philosopher asked
> the third worker, "What are you doing with these stones?" The
> third worker stopped what he was doing, bringing his chisel to his
> side. Deep in thought, the worker slowly gazed toward the traveler
> and shared, "I am a stone cutter and I am building a cathedral!
Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. -- Picasso
- On Monday, July 4, 2005, at 6:23:40 AM, Mary Poppendieck wrote:
> Nice Story, Ron. Make a good point.I'm not sure I understand, Mary. Are you saying that I did make a
good point, or asking me to make one from the story? Drawing a point
from the story, I said:
> There is another way, and I think it's a valid way to live: "I am aRon Jeffries
> stone cutter, and I'm making these stones as well as I know how."
> I don't choose to live that way: I'm always out influencing, for
> better or worse. But I can respect someone who just cuts stone as
> well as he knows how.
> I suggest that we all can, and that we need to learn how to make
> effective use of the really great stones that person can cut for us.
It is a bad plan that admits of no modifications. -- Publius Syrus (ca. 42 BCE)