# agile - 74 Posts


Plans can break down. You cannot plan the future. Only presumptuous fools plan. The wise man steers. Read more

Druckers Rules for Productivity

I’ve been re-reading some of Peter Druckers work and particularly his paper from the California Management Review Knowledge-Worker Productivity: The Biggest Challenge. Read more

More Unix Philosophy

This is the Unix philosophy: Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text... Read more

More Unix Philosophy

Much of the power of the UNIX operating system comes from a style of program design that makes programs easy to use and, more important,... Read more

Fear Destroys Teamwork

Fear Destroys Teamwork! — fear of not being included, fear of appearing ignorant, fear of being ignored, fear of being the “skunk at the garden... Read more

Joy in Learning

Our schools must preserve and nurture the yearning for learning that everyone is born with. Joy in learning comes not so much from what is... Read more

Gall's Law

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works... Read more

Destroy the Enterprise

If management sets quantitative targets and makes people’s jobs depend on them – they will meet the targets even if they have to destroy the... Read more

The Best Plan for a System

If economists understood the theory of a system, the role of cooperation in optimization, they would no longer teach and preach salvation through adversarial competition.... Read more

Slow Down

You periodic reminder to stop implementing code as fast as possible and slow down, maybe write a unit test or two :) Read more

Conway's Law

We have seen that this fact has important implications for the management of system design… A design effort should be organized according to the need... Read more

Estimating Complexity

Here’s a scale that I’ve seen Liz Keogh use in a couple of talks about Cynefin and the impact it has on deciding if estimation... Read more

Proof of Time Travel

Definitive proof that the Victorians were visited by time travellers from a future when sitcoms were recorded in front of a live studio audience and... Read more

Left to themselves

Left to themselves in the Western world, components become selfish, competitive, independent profit centres, and thus destroy the system. Read more

Stay Afraid

Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the... Read more

Cult of Ignorance

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding... Read more

Evaporating Clouds

My re-imagining of the Evaporating Clouds thinking process which I read originally in Clarke Ching’s book Rolling Rocks Downhill but originally from Eli Goldratt. Read more

Prime Directive

Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time,... Read more