Thursday, September 21, 2006

How does working in an agile team feel like?

Sometimes people ask me what the difference is of working in a team that uses agile methodologies as opposed to traditional approaches. Well, that's hard to explain, but maybe the following helps to explain it a bit.

One team I work with collects quotes from their members on their team wiki. I'd like to share some of the quotes with you as they reflect the culture and mutual trust among the people working in that team. To protect the individuals, I have left out the names of them.
  • "I would be very disappointed if [fill in a name] was that smart." (engineer)
  • "I haven't done any work for quite a while." (engineer)
  • "I have no idea, I'm just the story bitch." (on-site customer)
  • "Think of your best pairing experience." (consultant/coach)
  • "It's not really broken... There are different shades of broken." (engineer)
  • "All services are topless." (engineer regarding Service-Oriented Architecture)
  • "If you're ok to work by yourself then I will pair with you." (engineer)
  • "It's not a random failure, it's a semi-consistent failure." (engineer)
  • "I can think all I like, it still isn't going to get us anywhere." (on-site customer)
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