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Re: OT: Getting people to use tools

by Zaxo (Archbishop)
on Apr 30, 2003 at 21:05 UTC ( #254472=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to OT: Getting people to use tools

It's probably the team manager's job to enforce the development procedures he wants.

That said, maybe there is a reason people don't want to use your tools. You should look at how they work to see.

Do your tools remove diagnostics and other build information from view? Many people like to follow a build and read the messages, using the time to think about what's happening and how to improve it. They may consider that time better spent than, say, attending some meeting while thing happen unseen.

Do people need more control over the build than you give them? Have you left room for personal preferences? Most programmers have habits of work which they have built by experience. Not all may be optimum by some standard, but all serve to make the programmer comfortable.

I recommend that you evaluate your goals, not by asking people, but by observing them. There are an amazing variety of better hammers, most having nothing to do with nails.

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