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One Or Many

August 18, 2013 Leave a comment

The figure below models the increase in team stress level versus time for waterfall and time-boxed projects. As a project nears a delivery date, the stress levels increase dramatically as the team fixes turds, integrates individually developed features into the whole, and takes care of the boring but important stuff that nobody wanted to do earlier.

waterfall and scrum stress

One tradeoff between the two types of projects is maximum stress level vs. number of stressful events. The maximum level of experienced stress is much higher for waterfall than any one time-boxed sprint, but it only occurs once as opposed to monthly. Pick your poison:  a quick death by guillotine or a slow death by a thousand cuts.

Agilistas would have everyone believe that time-boxed projects impose a constant but very low level of  healthy stress on team members while waterfall quagmires impose heart-attack levels of stress on the team. They may be right, because…..

Einstein Make Shit Up

(In case you haven’t noticed, BD00 is feeling the need to use the Einstein pic above more and more in his posts. I wonder why that is.)

Alternative Considerations

May 26, 2013 2 comments

Before you unquestioningly accept the gospel of the “evolutionary architecture” and “emergent design” priesthood, please at least pause to consider these admonitions:

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe – Abe Lincoln

Measure twice, cut once – Unknown

If I had an hour to save the world, I would spend 59 minutes defining the problem and one minute finding solutions – Albert Einstein

100% test coverage is insufficient. 35% of the faults are missing logic paths – Robert Glass

Quite Agile

Zero Experience

October 3, 2012 3 comments

If you look at the “Categories” box on the right side of this blawg page, you’ll see that the number of posts categorized as “management” is much larger than any other category. However, except for 4 years of serving as a software “lead” on two different projects, BD00 has zero management experience over his un-illustrious career-end. Nada, zilch, the big goose egg.

So, you ask: “What gives BD00 the right to write about management practices and behaviors?” My good buddy and intellectual inferior, Mr. Albert Einstein, says it best in “Essays In Humanism“:

Many readers may ask: “What right has he to speak out about things which concern us alone, and which no newcomer should touch?” I do not think such a standpoint is justified. One who has grown up in an environment takes much for granted. On the other hand, one who has come to this country as a mature person may have a keen eye for everything peculiar and characteristic. I believe he should speak out freely on what he sees and feels, for by so doing he may perhaps prove himself useful.

Except for maybe the “mature” and  “…for by so doing he may perhaps prove himself useful” parts, that’s one of the reasons why I do it. Another is that I’d love to see the guild move much more quickly toward what Gary Hamel calls “Management 2.0” instead of languishing in its 2oth century, self-serving creation.

BD00 – The Physicist

February 26, 2012 3 comments

In case you haven’t noticed, BD00 liberally conjures up and uses abstract pictures to promote his rants and lies – just like a physicist:

The use of abstract pictures or symbols to represent real things is absolutely fundamental in physics –this is essentially what physicists use mathematics for. The power of the approach comes when the abstract pictures can be manipulated using simple rules to make firm predictions about the real world. – Cox, Brian; Forshaw, Jeff (2012-01-31). The Quantum Universe: (And Why Anything That Can Happen, Does) (Kindle Locations 512-514). Perseus Books Group. Kindle Edition.

Notice any resemblance?

Matter On The Grid

January 26, 2012 3 comments

From the irrational logic in a prior post, I “think” the quantized universe may be modeled as the following space time grid:

As shown on the left below, before the “collapse“, all matter is in the form of a superposition of infinite possibility energy waves governed by Shrodinger’s wave equation. After the instantaneous collapse of the wave function caused by a “conscious observer“, we get finite objects moving through space and time on the grid.

Alas, I’m on board with Einstein’s mental model:

I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it – Albert Einstein

Note: Take this post (and all my other ones) with a grain of salt. I have no freakin’ idea what I’m talking about. I’m collapsing the wave function as I go.

The Only Means

Setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means. – Albert Einstein

I stumbled upon the above Einstein quote while browsing Chetan Dhruve’s twitter page. One can set a good/bad example by:

  • their day-to-day behavior,
  • the quality of their work output, or
  • (preferably) both of the above.

Since managers in DYSCOs and CLORGs are “above” work (shhhh – you’re not allowed to know and think that), they can only set an example by behavior. DICsters, however, can set an example using both approaches. Alas, it’s a real challenge to produce high quality work and behave as a role model when you’re continuously saddled with un-articulated goals that change on a whim, unreasonable schedules, and cleverly ego-centric managers. Nevertheless, it can still be done in spite of being immersed in a toxic environment. How do you do it?

Cradle To Grave Indoctrination

“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” – Albert Einstein

To me, the second sentence is the most insightful part of this quote. My subjective interpretation is that Einstein discovered that the cradle-to-grave indoctrination of most individuals teaches them to become subservient to the herd mindset prevailing during their time on earth. This indoctrination is so effective and so complete that they don’t have a clue that their capacity to think afresh has been vastly constrained by their social environment. What do you think Einstein meant when he said the words? Your interpretation is as invalid as mine.

I don’t think there’s any conspiracy theory here, it’s just the natural course of development in any society that has been “trained” to revere human-concocted hierarchical structures of governance. I say “human-concocted” because there are no hierarchies in nature. We automatically and impulsively impose hierarchies on everything we observe because that’s the only way we know how to make sense of, understand, and (attempt to) control the world. Building command and control hierarchies and requiring unquestioning subservience to those arbitrarily placed “above” you in the caste system is the way of the human race – today. Do you think this situation will remain that way for your lifetime? How about, forever?

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