Fred George discusses Programmer Anarchy, a development process where programmers are not just empowered to act but the driving force behind a product, leading to substantial increase in results.
Fred George presented at JavaOne with Martin Fowler, and assisted in XP Immersion sessions with Kent Beck, Ron Jeffries, and Robert Martin. Fred spent a year as a visiting lecturer at N.C. State University teaching Java programming to over 800 undergraduates. He joined ThoughtWorks in 2003, then he joined Forward in 2007, bringing Agile practices to all aspects of the business.
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it reminded me "Quando o scrum começcou a atrapalhar" by Caelum
Antonio Carlos de Souza
Two nit-picky criticisms:
1. Don't use the word "lean" or "leaner". Lean is for machines, not people.
2. Never refer to people as "resources" (e.g., Resource Rumble).
That's like the branches cutting off the trees.
No, there's a reason that managers are needed (as much as I hate to admit that), and they do need to learn how not to get in the way of progress...
Yes, many organizations need sales and administration. But unless managers are carrying water for the developers or clearing impediments, I haven't experienced demonstrable value w/ managers.
Re: Re: Conclusion
As pointed out in www.bcs.org/upload/pdf/complexity.pdf, p.14 (13th one), software is "invisible", at least for people that don't practice it, as are mathematical spaces for non-mathematicians.
The main reason I see for managers being possibly harmful, is that they often don't practice development enough, if at all, and have therefore decisional responsibilities in a very complex and subtle field of which they don't understand the constraints and the possibilities.
As for drawing up contracts, getting customers, etc., of course there is room for specialized people here, but they need to work in close relationship with software guys.
Today's Dilbert seems to have gotten inspired by this :)