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LinuxPlanet: It Takes a Project to Raze a Forest

May 04, 2006, 20:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Turner)

"One of the basic premises of evolution is that traits that are advantageous to the species are perpetuated and adverse ones winnowed. Extending the metaphor to project management (and specifically as it is applied to software design), you would expect that modern 'best practices' would be the ones that had resulted in the most benefit to companies, attracting new 'mates' (projects). Conversely, practices that had a negative impact on project delivery should have been evolutionarily discarded, unable to find new projects to breed with.

"Unfortunately, exactly the opposite seems to be occurring in project management. Each year brings new metrics to measure against, new design tools to learn and code against, and new reporting structures designed to bring more 'control' to the process. And this would all be well and good, if they actually helped. But in reality, all that the morass of design methodologies and time management techniques is doing is turning software development into a ponderous, uninspired, and uncertain venture..."

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