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Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change, Second Edition by Cynthia Andres, Kent Beck

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Chapter 18. Taylorism and Software

Frederick Taylor was the first industrial engineer. Others before him had studied efficiency in factories, but Taylor came to the field with an intensity and charisma that created the whole field of industrial engineering. Through his work and that of his disciples, most notably Frank and Lillian Gilbreth and Henry Gantt, he brought a rigorous and compelling presentation of the case for systematically improving factory productivity. He picked a powerful metaphor for his teaching, Scientific Management.

When picking descriptive names, it helps to pick a name whose opposite is unappealing. Who could possibly be for “unscientific” management? What Taylor meant by “science” was that to improve factory productivity, ...

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