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Statistics on Agile Practices Problematic

Keith Ray has responded to Bruce Eckel's blog post Programming as Typing, in which Bruce (among other things) suggests that programming is more about the programmers than the act of hitting computer keys.

Ray's blog reminds us that, with its focus on People over Process, Agile methods benefit from (suffer from) factors that are not typically measured or, indeed, measurable.  He maintains that statistical studies tend to treat people as interchangeable components, and asks: "how do you measure 'good citizenship', 'taking initiative', or the effects of dominant personalities?"

One subject that both Ray and Eckel mention is the value of unit testing.

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