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Thread: Agile programming (was Re: [P|C] Banksel)
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I have read that article before and it is fascinating. What astounds
me is that the very sort of thing which seems to work very well for
NASA (managing everything obsessively down to the last detail) seems
NOT to work (and indeed to backfire horribly) when applied to nearly
every other endeavor, whether business or government.

For example, the article claims that the software team for the space
shuttle software keeps a record of every bug they have ever
encountered, every change to each line of code and why it was made,
and every little hanging detail. It seems to me that such a thing is
not humanly possible. If you try to do that, you usually bog down in
layer upon layer of "what-ifs" and concerns which are extremely low
probability but which distract from solving the ones which are far
more likely.

Anyone have any idea how they manage to make this work with actual,
fallible, human programmers and managers?


On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 2:06 AM, Nate Duehr <spam_OUTnatespamspam_OUTnatetech.com> wrote:
> It *is* possible to write almost perfect code, after all...
> http://www.fastcompany.com/node/28121/print
> :-)
> Nate
> -
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