Thoughts on Words
Thinking is shaped by the words we use. Management thinking is shaped by the words managers use and are used to. If we want people to change their mindset, we must stop to use words that carry a history of bad meaning with them. Let’s start to create a new language to talk about development that explicitly avoids mistakes made in the past.
People are human. They are not interchangeable. Don’t call them resources, because this term suggests they are.
Waterfalls are beautiful. The idea to apply the “model” of the same name to software was ridiculous already to the author who coined the term… It has never worked. So let’s not use this metaphor anymore. I use mudslideas a replacement. (I know there have been successful projects that used a mudslide approach, I’ve seen these too. But these did not succeed because of the process, but because of good people.)
“Ideal” Days (Hours, …)
Please stop talking about ideal time as if there was some kind of non-ideal time … It’s a theoretical concept that comes from treating humans as resources (see above). Time is relative, ideal or not. Estimating ideal hours/days does not add value, only confusion, and leads to dysfunction. Don’t go there.