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Practices of an Agile Developer by Andy Hunt, Venkat Subramaniam

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pointer-image   3   Criticize Ideas, Not People

 

“You have a lot invested in your design. You’ve put your heart and soul into it. You know it’s better than anyone else’s. Don’t even bother listening to their ideas; they’ll just confuse the issue.”

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You’ve probably seen design discussions that get out of hand and become emotionally charged—decisions get made based on whose idea it was, not on the merits of the ideas themselves. We’ve been in meetings like that, and they aren’t pleasant.

But it’s only natural. When Lee presents a new design, it’s easiest to ...

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