Agile programming (was Re: [P|C] Banksel)
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"Sean Breheny" wrote:
>> It *is* possible to write almost perfect code, after all...
> Anyone have any idea how they manage to make this work with actual,
> fallible, human programmers and managers?
I have no idea how they get anything done if they really do things the way
they're described in the article. If your question is, "why their project
doesn't fail given the vast amounts of red tape and bureaucracy?", the
answer is -- virtually unlimited budget (money and time), and low enough
stress where the team burnout is kept to a minimum (people don't leave in
droves, knowledge is retained).
FWIW, I bet that not a single member of their team read the specs in their
The feeling I get from reading about the Apollo project, is that back then,
things were done in a much more agile way. They broke down the project into
small steps, had a lot of "first drafts" and simulations, and let themselves
make plenty of mistakes. Notice that the Apollo project achieved all of its
goals, and is considered a resounding success. Meanwhile, the Space Shuttle
project did not achieve its objectives (whether they were realistic is
another subject), and is considered by many to be a huge waste of tax
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