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Re: Beyond Agile: Subsidiarity as a Team and Software Design Principleby BrowserUk (Pope)
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Basically the waterfall approach is intended to apply civil engineering practices to software
That's certainly one of the problems that causes the waterfall approach to fail:
But that is far from the only reason:
Better to get something working next week, find its weaknesses the week after and improve/fix them the week after that, and iterate that RAD process 6 times; than spend 6 months trying to definitively specify every last function and feature, and another 6 months getting to the point where you have something to test, only to discover your data gathering was flawed, your guesses were inaccurate, your assumptions wrong and your vision of what the customer needs is completely different from what they actually require.
But, you don't need stand up meetings or scrum masters or story boards etc. to achieve fast feedback RAD development either. Pretty much all you need is a customer's advocate with the authority to conduct regular, hands-on progress inspections; challenge decisions; and require changes.
Beyond that, there are many ways of running things -- pair working or peer reviews; tests first or mock-up and comply; continuous builds or weekly commits -- some are more appropriate to some types of software; others to others.
Strong technical leadership is good; overbearing micromanagement is bad; non-technical bean-counting counter-productive; automated bean-counting a piss-poor substitute for open and blame-free peer support and review.
Guidelines are good; blind adherence (to anything) is bad; manifestos, buzz-word compliance, cheat sheets and road-maps sops to being seen to be following 'the process'.
Waterfall has all the bads; and none of the goods. In either sense of that last word.
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