I got to admit, Agile programming was a virus meme I was in serious danger of contracting. Didn’t like the pair programming bit, but they make a good case.
Stevey Yegge breaks it down without mercy, but with plenty of insight. Also, listen to his fairy tale description of working for google. It’s enough to bring a tear to the eye of this broken down, dilbert-living tech. Just the thought that places like this exist makes the world alternatively brighter and darker. Brighter for the possibility, and darker for the lack of implementation of anything even remotely approaching this sort of heaven in my own life – or the life of any other dev i’ve met or worked with.
Surely we’re not all trapped, disrespected and cynical? Right?