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Analysing methodologies

Joel Spolsky on analysing development methodologies:

But we don’t have the data. We don’t have any data. You can give us anecdotes left and right about how methodology X worked or didn’t work, but you can’t prove that when it worked it wasn’t just because of one really, really good programmer on the team, and you can’t prove that when it failed is wasn’t just because the company was in the process of going bankrupt and everybody was too demoralized to do anything at all, Aeron chairs notwithstanding.

This is Analysing methodologies by Simon Willison, posted on 15th November 2003.

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