PurelyFunctional.tv Newsletter 302: The Agile Software Factory

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Issue 302 - November 26, 2018 · Archives · Subscribe

Hi Clojurists,

This week, I've been really digging into Agile. I've worked in Agile environments at a few different companies and I'm still trying to digest the experience. In short, I'm not a fan. I want to put together some cogent descriptions of why I don't like them.

I've put together a bunch of resources mostly deconstructing Agile, or at least giving a different perspective on it. Agile is kind of the air we breathe these days, so it's hard to even recognize the hidden assumptions involved in the Agile perspective. I hope these resources can help you see it from the outside.

Please enjoy the issue!

Rock on!
Eric Normand <eric@purelyfunctional.tv>

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Manifesto for Agile Software Development

The classic text.


The Development Metrics You Should Use (but Don't) YouTube

Catherine Swetel talks about different way to measure the output of your dev team. How can you optimize if you don't measure?


One Hacker Way Rational alternative of Agile YouTube

Erik Meijer talks about why Agile is a cancer on the software development industry.


From Factory to Labs — is that the better metaphor?

Mirco Hering talks about the problems with the factory metaphor of software development teams.


The Secret Assumption of Agile YouTube

Fred George explains the programming skills that were assumed knowledge in the Kent Beck-style agile world.


Agile is Dead YouTube

Pragmatic Dave Thomas gives a brief history of Agile and blames the Agile industry (coaches, training, etc.) for turning it into something it was never meant to be. I can't say that it's inaccurate.

But he then gives a pretty milquetoast replacement of Agile called "Agility" and defines it as a hillclimbing algorithm to incrementally approach a goal in small steps. While this isn't a terrible approach, the explanation does little to help teams struggling to make improvements.


Is Software Development Like Manufacturing?

Jeff Atwood thinks about whether manufacturing is a good metaphor for development.