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Agile Software Development Ecosystems by Jim Highsmith

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Chapter 11. Technical Excellence

 

Self-confident people make it simple, and simplicity makes you fast.

 
 --Warren Bennis, “Will the Legacy Live On?”

The PDFS Team at Generali Group

Alistair Cockburn never told me about the “mother-in-law” feature in Crystal. It seems that on a Crystal Methods project in Germany, one of the developers occasionally finished new features during weekends. On Monday, he would return to work having implemented several new features that had been discussed but that no one had time to implement. Jens Coldewey, the project coach, knowing the developer had two kids at home who didn't want dad working away all the time, asked about the weekend work. “Well, my mother-in-law visited us this weekend,” the developer replied, “so ...

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