Monday, February 9, 2009

the agile treadmill

I have found that shorter iterations are easier to manage (my team in Philly got down to daily deploys and essentially, 1 day iterations), BUT along with that there's the treadmill side-effect. If you don't have something to punctuate your work, the continuous flow of value becomes about as remarkable as running water, something that's often taken for granted. We still need something, like release parties, theme planning, or regular retrospectives, to keep the human element, the emotional health of our teams, in good shape. I think we also need circadian and monthly cycles, with times to work hard and times to relax (slack) and reflect.

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