Friday 19 October 2007

CMMI, Six Sigma, Agile, ...

When programmers are told to spend time on various programming techniques and software development management techniques, it removes focus from the actual programming. Managers tend to impose too many techniques and methods, and programmers try not to spend too much time on them.

One of the problems is, that the brain has a limited capacity. If you're doing something difficult, it doesn't help you if somebody tells you to do it in a way that's even more difficult. You may think you have to compromise: Do you want to use brainpower on programming techniques or on programming?

The answer is different: You want to spend your team's brains on solving the customer's problems, and reduce the amount of brainpower needed to do programming and programming techniques.

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