Indefinite Sustainable Pace Vs Crunch Time Cramming
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In this week's episode of Troubleshooting Agile we are on to Agile Principle 8: "Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely." Drawing on sport psychology, Al Pacino movies and their years of consulting experience, Squirrel and Jeffrey discuss and troubleshoot a number of fascinating issues surrounding this principle: -How many people find this the easiest Agile Principle to argue with, and, in doing so, entirely miss the point. -Why the Hollywoodesque idea of "Crunch Time" and pulling-an-all-nighter may appeal to Theory X bosses and the delusional, but is detrimental to productivity and long-term effectiveness. -Why you need to ensure that exceptions to your sustainable pace really are the exception. -How, when it comes to psychology, recovery, nutrition, environment and support, Software Developers and Professional Athletes are not so dissimilar, if long-term effectiveness is what you're after. -How constant pace works as a counter-balance to the dangers of a team focussed purely on Customer Delivery. *** LINKS: -The Agile Principles: -Cost of Delay: - The Challenger Launch Decision: Risky Technology, Culture, and Deviance at NASA: -Any Given Sunday, with Al Pacino and the "Inch by Inch" speech: *** We'd love to hear any thoughts, ideas or feedback you have regarding the episode. You can email us, here: Tweet us, here: Or find our website, here: Also, here is a link to our iTunes:…d1327456890?mt=2 If you have a moment, please like, subscribe and share with your friends. We really appreciate it.
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