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Counterpoint on Lean Software Development

If you subscribe to IEEE Software or have an IEEE Xplore or Computer Society Digital Library subscription and interested in lean software development, you will like the September/October 2012 issue of IEEE Software.  I highly recommend this excellent special issue guest edited by Christof Ebert, Pekka Abrahamsson and Nilay Oza. When the guest editors approached me to write a counterpoint piece, I naturally hesitated. But then I thought it would be a good opportunity to express my frustration with the emphasis on philosophy at the expense of practicality that has been plaguing the agile movement. To me, what matters most is what you do with a philosophy when you hit the ground running and reality stikes. At that moment, the philosophical beauty of your process and all the subtleties of its elegant principles matter little. What counts at the end of the day is what practices you use and which principles you concretely apply on a day to day basis. The meat is in the implementation: the practices and the tools. Punto. See my counterpoint piece against Kati Vilkki.

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