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The Agile Cult

By Steve Jones, 2008/09/22

Why did I write this? I got challenged by Andy Warren to write a bit about why I wrote something. I complained to him that he has some "mechanical" posts on this blog that just mention he wrote something with some questions, and don't really blog about why he wrote something. He challenged me to write about why I wrote something, so here I am.

I saw this blog post somewhere and knew there was something interesting to talk about. Agile, a semi-failed project, it seemed to be something that many DBAs and developers would think about and would want to know about. I'm also a big "culture" guy, meaning that the culture of a company matters to me, so this peaked my interest from that perspective.

This actually sat in my editorial notebook for a few weeks since I wasn't sure how to attack it. I read the article a few times and it took me some time to figure out how to attack the article. I would scribble a few sentences one time, then I'd have to leave it alone again since I would be stuck on how to write about it.

Eventually I decided to attack it from the perspective of the Agile methodology and why it failed. Condensing that down into a page and a half was hard, and I'm still not happy with it, but after 6 or 7 sessions, I decided to stick with it the way it is. I wanted to get out there that Agile works, and that you don't have to stictly follow Agile, but you need to use what works and develop your own standard.

Now sure I go that across.

Podcast notes: It actually took 3 takes for this one, meaning 3 separate film files, each of them with multiple takes. I shot this as the 3rd of 3 one day and must have turned off the mic. Then  I shot a series of takes, was almost done and got interrupted by a cell phone ringing. Since I wasn't thrilled with what I'd done, I started another take only to realize the mic wasn't on. Fortunately that one wasn't complete, and I restarted over again a third take.

Less bloopers with all the practice.

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