Month: June 2015
Welcome back in the land of the happy
Michael O. Church | Rants, essays, and diatribes.
Are they writing formal verification software that will save lives… or are they playing some complicated text adventure game that happens to run in emacs and just look like Haskell code?
Why “Agile” and especially Scrum are terrible
Follow-up post: here
It’s probably not a secret that I dislike the “Agile” fad that has infested programming. One of the worst varieties of it, Scrum, is a nightmare that I’ve seen actually kill companies. By “kill” I don’t mean “the culture wasn’t as good afterward”; I mean a drop in the stock’s value of more than 85 percent. This shit is toxic and it needs to die yesterday. For those unfamiliar, let’s first define our terms. Then I’ll get into why this stuff is terrible and often detrimental to actual agility. Then I’ll discuss a single, temporary use case under which “Agile” development actually is a good idea, and from there explain why it is so harmful as a permanent arrangement.
So what is Agile?
The “Agile” fad grew up in web consulting, where it had a certain amount of value: when dealing with finicky clients who don’t…
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