Tuesday, 3 October 2006

Good Agile, Bad Agile

Just been sent a link to Stevey's Blog Rants: Good Agile, Bad Agile: This is simply priceless polemic, well worth taking the time to read right through.  The early paragraphs take apart Agile and XP, aka 'bad agile'. It's funny, but I'm convinced it's also grounded in truth.  I especially like the Scientology analogy.  Then he gets into describing 'good agile' which is, apparently, what life at Google is like.  The prose turns from scathingly cynical (but entertaining) to slightly gushing and evangelical, as we're introduced to the over-the-top, out-of-this-worldness that is Google on the inside.  It really does sound scarily ideal...

There's so much here which chimes with my own instincts (and prejudices).  There are serious points being made, too, but I'm not even going to try to summarise them: you can't boil this stuff down into sound-bites or bullet-points. In a way, that's part of the message; our industry has wasted a lot of time and effort trying to do just that, and look where we've ended up.

Anyway, this guy really can write.  Subscribed.

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