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"TDD as One True Way" versus "TDD as devil-spawned tempter" is not a productive contrast. Most of us have similar goals for development: confidence, impact, challenge, belonging. Test-driven development is one path toward these goals, but there are many other paths. This conversation in six parts explores tradeoffs in development, places TDD in those tradeoffs, and gives you perspective with which you can decide for yourself how you want to program.

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Kent Beck
David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH)
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In response to a post advocating measuring "agility," I replied:

My aim with employing agile methods is to improve the effectiveness of the over all system. So I look aspects of the organization that agile methods can move:

value work vs. fixing work
release cycle time
through put

I may look at work satisfaction or retention, but these are often slow moving.

If the work is still coming into teams in a chaotic, half-baked manner, or there are deep technical issues, agile methods alone are probably not be enough to move these dials.

I see "agility assessments" that ask binary questions such as "Does your team have a ScrumMaster," or "Are teams doing retrospectives." Questions like these may measure (surface) compliance. But they aren't particularly helpful in understanding what the issues are, or whether agile methods are moving the trend line on those issues. (Or even if people are doing something that aligns with the core principles of agile.)

What other measures seem useful?
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Teaming up with long-time friend and colleague Don Gray for a new workshop:  Coaching Beyond the Team: Influencing the System...because sometimes handing the manager an impediments list isn't the best strategy.
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Once again, we're in so much agreement on this. Your writeup is shorter.

Mine is:  http://agileotter.blogspot.com/2012/09/14-weird-observations-about-agile-team.html 
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Came across this quote in 2000 interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer:

"....if there's enough fear in the workplace, you don't worry about what's going to happen eventually. You don't even worry about what's going to happen tomorrow. You worry only about today: Can I get through today?"

It strikes me that I have seen this in several organizations.

Sadly, in most of these organizations, managers claim to care about people and quality. And, they probably do care. Often, their repertoire of management action is limited to telling, selling, yelling, sticks and carrots. Good tools to brew up some fear.
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I have seen this current of underlying fear to varying levels in almost all organisations I have worked for or with. In the worst cases positional power is automatically given by those in lower positions and leadership is sorely lacking.

We need (all to be) leaders, not managers... its hard, but so much more valuable to ourselves and the organisations we work in.

Thank you
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  • esther derby associates, inc.
    I help managers manage more effectively, teams collaborate, and organizations build software their customers value., 1997 - present
    I consult with you to develop a holistic view of your organization and take action to achieve optimum success. I coach you to boost your effectiveness and confidence as a manager, and I deliver workshops that bring insights to life, build skills, and engage learning.
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I started my career as a programmer, and over the years I’ve worn many hats, including business owner, internal consultant and manager. From all these perspectives, one thing became clear: our level of individual, team and company success was deeply impacted by our work environment and organizational dynamics. As a result, I have spent the last twenty-five years helping companies design their environment, culture, and human dynamics for optimum success.

How your company’s values are reflected in your environment, your culture and organizational dynamics, directly determines the quality and level of your success. When your company environment, culture and organizational dynamics are positive, mutually receptive and reinforcing, your people and teams have the capacity to achieve great things.

I help your teams and management understand what’s working and where there are contradictions that sap productivity and stifle innovation. We explore how best to maximize your capacity for achievement by eliminating wasted effort, politics, cynicism, and fear. Together, we achieve a holistic view of your organization, and design your environment to directly enable, support and sustain your agile success, now and into the future.


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