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Planning Extreme Programming by Martin Fowler, Kent Beck

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Chapter 1. Why Plan?

 

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men

Gang aft a gley.

 
 --Robert Burns, "To a Mouse"
  • We plan to ensure that we are always doing the most important thing left to do, to coordinate effectively with other people, and to respond quickly to unexpected events.

When Kent was about ten, he went fly-fishing for the first time in the Idaho panhandle. After a fruitless, sweaty day in pursuit of brook trout, he and his friends headed for home. After half an hour of stumbling through dense trees, they realized they were lost. Kent started to panic—fast breathing, tunnel vision, chills. Then someone suggested a plan—they would walk uphill until they hit a logging road they knew was up there. Instantly, the panic disappeared.

Kent was struck ...

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