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Questioning Extreme Programming by Pete McBreen

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Chapter 18. Playing to Win?

I'm not competitive. I just win.

Extreme Programming is a reaction to the idea that following a process is an acceptable way of failing. As Beck states, “Everyone is trying to develop 'by the book,' not because it makes any particular sense, but because they want to be able to say at the end that it wasn't their fault, they were following the process.” [Beck, 2000, p. 40] The idea behind playing to win is to do everything that helps the team win and to avoid doing anything that does not contribute to that goal.

The obvious question, though, is whether playing to win exposes the project to additional downside risks. After all, playing to win is a reasonable strategy only if there is a large upside for a win and little ...

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