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At there is an excellent discussion on whether Software Development has become too process orientated.  Whilst not as ground-breaking as Fred Brooks "Mythical Man-Month", the article is thought proking and provoked a lot of useful discussion.

For example:

  • I have to agree that process in excess is stifling.
  • "Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler" is the solution to most of our programming problems.
  • What works best, depends on the task and on your team.
  • Brooks' statement years ago still holds true, in software development there is no "silver bullet method", because all projects are different, all customers are different, and all problems are different. What works well with one set of the above will not necessarily work well (or at all) with another set.
  • Stop shoving process down developers throats and start letting the developers develop the process they will use (and own)!
Posted on Monday, May 23, 2011 5:44 PM | Back to top

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