Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The "D" Word

The agile value of the day is Discipline, the D word. With it we avoid being overwhelmed, snarled, and demotivated. Without it, nothing goes well. Here are my top 8 items in the "fruit of the agile spirit":
  • Refuse to complicate your system.
  • Don't break ranks
  • Be transparent even in difficulty
  • Work in very small steps
  • Maintain/increase quality
  • Impose simplicity on software.
  • Build a better "next month"
  • Go home before you break something.
These very simple things can be very difficult, but they are very important and simple nonetheless. When I find myself going wrong, it is because I've broken from these simple ideas.