Methodologies will be the death of us, I think. Stemming from my experiences & observations, I'm beginning to think that any process, regardless of intent or merit, that is applied thoughtlessly, will fail to achieve its purpose.
I reckon that a process can only realise its potential when it is applied by people who care, & who understand why the process is the way it is.
After all, a process is just a hack, a way of simplifying the myriad complexity inherent in a particular task, to aid in communication & repeatability. But, a process cannot actually remove the complexity, only proxy them - and if you forget the underlying reality, you risk optimising for the process, not the purpose of the process.
And that way leads to madness.
So how do we keep ourselves & our teams/coworkers/colleagues from falling into this trap?