I am uncovering better ways of developing solutions – by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work I have come to value:
- Apply the costs to add business value – over cutting costs
- Being flexible and open – over adding predictability
- Providing information for decisions – over ensuring the reliability
- Solving the right problem – over solving it the right way
- Seeing the end result – over being nit-picky and detail orientd
- Suggesting examples and cases – over having one-size fits all
- Do something good enough – over doing something perfectly
- Get something shipped – over achieving total coverage
- Being prepared for change – over following a script
- Share information and connections – over hoarding and hiding
- Appreciate good efforts – over taking things for granted
- Trust and empower people – over controlling
- To lead and help – over managing
- Challenge and question – over keeping quit
- Suggest and discuss privately – over critiquing publicly
- Being empathic – over focussing on rightfulness
- Quality as a relationship – over quality as fixed attributes
- Training and mentoring – over certifications
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, I value the items on the left more.
- Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Responding to change over following a plan
- The value of any practice depends on its context.
- There are good practices in context, but there are no best practices.
- People, working together, are the most important part of any project’s context.
- Projects unfold over time in ways that are often not predictable.
- The product is a solution. If the problem isn’t solved, the product doesn’t work.
- Good software testing is a challenging intellectual process.
- Only through judgment and skill, exercised cooperatively throughout the entire project, are we able to do the right things at the right times to effectively test our products.
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