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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Agile Methodology

I had to attend an Agile presentation at a company I once loved.  I got worried around frame 2 when I learned that it was designed by a couple psychologists who had never even attempted to complete a software project in their dreams.   I gave up about frame 12 when they listed the assumption that developers don't do anything until 2 days before a deadline.  So, given a 4 week project, they assume we all just browse for porn for 26 days and then bash the thing out real quick.

Somewhere later, while I was dozing, they said that having a 2 hour daily group meeting would really help speed up development.

Given that I had been working 10 hour days for about 6 years, I took a little issue with the whole ball of string.  It was like trying to teach me Keynesian economics.  Basically, if you make a big pile of generic and mostly false assumptions, then you can draw a firm, but absurd course of action.

6 months later, they laid off 2,000 people.  10 months later that company was out of business.  Just sayin'.

Bryan Valencia is a contributing editor and founder of Visual Studio Journey.  He owns and operates Software Services, a web design and hosting company in Manteca, California.

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