February 21st, 2013
(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: firstname.lastname@example.org
As far as the Agile Manifesto goes, we’re in total agreement that the priority of software development is to ship working software, but we disagree on two key aspects:
Invest heavily in automation vs. “Individuals and interactions over processes and tools”
Treat your makers as asynchronous threads. vs. “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation.”
The agile manifesto was written years before the modern automation and DevOps movement really got under way. The cloud didn’t exist. Servers and services we rely on weren’t ephemeral in nature. If you’re not heavily investing in automation and tools, you’re exposing yourself to risk in the cloud and hindering your technical team’s ability to ship software.
Another very anti-agile pattern in NBD is that the business should move entirely to asynchronous communication. While we agree that face-to-face communication is the most efficient and effective method of communicating, we do not believe it’s pragmatic in today’s working world. Globalization is happening at a frenetic pace. Businesses have teams dispersed across the globe. Strictly adhering to this principle would, in fact, have the opposite effect on businesses.