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Controversy corner: disciplined and free-spirited: ‘time-out behaviour’ at the Agile conference
Hazzan O., Leron U.  Journal of Systems and Software 83 (11): 2363-2365, 2010. Type: Article
Date Reviewed: Mar 30 2011

In 2000, at the ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA), I experienced the clash of cultures described in this paper. The shift from formal to agile was both implicit--I was the only person there wearing a suit--and explicit--the presentations often described behavior patterns that supported communication rather than documentation.

This three-page paper aims to stir up debate. It proposes that new procedures are needed to enable people to communicate better and to produce high-quality code that meets stakeholder requirements. The authors got their data by observing conferences and from experiences as consultants in the field.

Their theory is analogous to British pubs: local etiquette encourages interaction in a largely noninteractive culture. While their evidence is not scientific, their thinking is good. Managers should read it.

Reviewer:  Richard Botting Review #: CR138940 (1110-1106)
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