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YAGNI – You Ain’t Going to Need It – anyway.

November 6, 2011 by


  In the midst of some infrastructure / application remediation work for a great client in Omaha (insurance company) the concept of YAGNI came to mind.   There’s a couple of quick reads for you. First a sort of “anti hero” opinion piece from one of the early members of Borland (Mike Rozlog) who apparently still holds […]

Agile Principle 11 – Self Organizing teams produce best architectures, requirements and design

February 14, 2011 by


Agile manifesto – principles number 1 – 10 were ones I could embrace or at least accept.  And yes I know it’s your 10th birthday this month.  But really, number 11 is a difficult one for this control oriented, project management/ manager type to swallow.  You’re saying that self-organizing teams can get it done?  Yeah […]

Agile Principle 10 – Maximize work NOT done!

February 13, 2011 by


The tenth principle of the Agile manifesto may be my favorite one – simplicity, the art of maximizing the amount of work NOT done. Too often methodologies, frameworks and process improvements get mired down in heavy process and documentation.  It’s a balancing act. It’s important to be neither too much, nor too little – just […]

Agile Principle 9 – Agility is a result of technical excellence and good design

February 12, 2011 by


The ninth principle of agile brings in important aspects of enterprise architecture and system design. Technical excellence is a board term.  it can be applied to hardware, software, network infrastructure, process management, project management, programming, release management, etc.  I also think of enterprise architecture I hear technical excellence.  While Agile is change driven, that does […]

Agile Principle 8 – Constant Pace of Development

February 11, 2011 by


Sprint or marathon?  100 meters, 5k or 26.2?  Slow endurance or high intensity interval workout (HIIT)?  Anaerobic or aerobic?  Rare combination of talent like Michael Johnson (pictured) who excelled at the 200 and 400 meters? If Agile were a workout it would seem to fit in the sprint, 100 meter, high intensity, anaerobic side of […]

Agile Principle 4 developers and business working directly together

February 7, 2011 by


Unleashing your developer geeks on unsuspecting business people was quite risky in the 1990’s. Why those geeks may be a bit rough, un-kept and may spill the beans (truth).  They clearly have not transformed in “McDreamy” yet (Patrick Dempsey).  They’re still commuting to work on their lawn mower. Seems a little silly now.  The prevailing […]

Agile Principle 2 – Changing Requirements

February 5, 2011 by


Re·quire·ment n. 1. Something that is required; a necessity. 2. Something obligatory; a prerequisite.¹ Among the twelve principles of Agile, that one that evokes a good amount of debate is changing requirements, even late in development.  This contrasts from plan driven approaches to development that “freeze requirements” and lock those in through development and deployment.   […]