In the agile world, we’re told to “embrace change”. As we can see in the picture on the right, change can embrace you back, and it can hurt. But what is the cost of change? And how does agile affect it? Economically speaking, change has both reasons and affects, and both have economic consequences. In
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What exactly do we want to scale in agile? As we discussed last time, we want to scale because of the perception that agile “works”, and therefore can relieve the growing pains. Let’s say it does work at the team level. It eradicates all the communication problems and the team is working at top speed.
Starting to talk about scale. Obviously.
In order to be in business, we need to answer two questions: How do we make money? How do we make more money? Most people focus on the first one, rather than the second one. And rightly so. Money is important not just because it buys nice things. It keeps the boat afloat (that’s the company)
Supply and demand are the basic principles of any economy in the tangible world. The prices of products and services are negotiated based on their availability (or scarcity), and the demand for them by the market. Imagine we’ve gone back to the industrial age. We’re selling a product, and we want more money. If
I’ve got a couple of ideas I decided to throw into a series called Agile Economics. I know, economics doesn’t have to do with daily stand-ups, or backlogs or self-organizing teams. Or are they? We’ll see. Before jumping into the economic waters, let’s remember that economics is not just theory and equations. If it was
One of the earliest ideas you learn as an agile practitioner is “Done, Done, Done”. There’s a lot of thinking behind it, but for me it boils down to trust. When you don’t know what “done” means, the next person who gets you’re deliverable might be surprised. As a rule, we don’t like surprises. So regardless
You won’t get to see me at EuroSTAR this year, but the guys asked me to write something instead, for Test Huddle. Check it out.
You liked the first part, right? Check it out on the “Everyday Unit Testing” blog. More testing economics stuff. While you’re there – get the book!
I’ve decided to start moving unit testing material to my book’s site EverydayUnitTesting.com. I’ll be linking to it from here, but most of the material I’ll continue to write here is about agile and lean. The first item is about the “Deceptive Cost of Writing Tests”. While you’re there, get the book! Speaking of testing,