The software commandments

Fri 15 July 2011

OK, I admit it - some of the Agile thinking did influence the recent Software Commandments 2.0 update.

I accept short timeboxed sprints.

Agreed definition of DONE - great.

Prioritised list of requirements - awesome.

Daily standups - fine if you are all in the same room, and you stick to the rules.


  • I still recommend engineers write stuff down to cover their asses for clarity.

  • Scaling Agile to hundreds/thousands of engineers is impossible extremely challenging, potentially disastrous.

  • You shouldn't bundle UX design in with software development.

  • I'm not buying self-managed teams - intelligent leadership and benevolent dictatorship beats democracy imo.

And the pigs vs chickens stuff is still nonsense.