Chapter 18. If It Makes Sense, Do It

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.

—Sir William Osier

Books and articles on software development methodologies abound. Organizations that are attempting to improve their processes sometimes make the mistake of adopting some published methodology lock, stock, and barrel. This can be a recipe for wasted time and money, frustration, and a feeling that effective process change is not possible in your team. Overstuffed methodologies that clash with your culture and fail to meet your business needs quickly turn into shelfware.

Every methodology has good ideas and ...

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