RE: ??? (was RE: A simple guy with a simple problem)
Or write focused requirements, avoid the We Are The World hype, and use a spec based on what some "customer" wants. Nothing about what has been suggested in XP sounds like more than decent project management. Keep the moles from digging too deep a hole until one is sure where the water is. XP is yet one more attempt to build hype around what is for any good programming team I ever worked for, common sense. Do it if it works but don't use it as simply another rallying cry to create a polity to be aimed at yet another problem that can be solved by reading the manual. Can you square the scope of the specs against the myth of Internet time? Too little, you lose to the BigGuys. Too much, it doesn't get done. Where is the sweet spot? That is all XP or functional programming, or functional scheduling has to solve. Here, we read the RFPs and count requests. If they go above a threshhold, they go on the schedule. So far, we are profitable. I am looking at the Nasdaq. Those "successes" now known as dot.bombs have come home like chickens to roost. I want to see XML be the thing that really does something more than pull a page to a browser. That we can do already and by convincing people it was enough, $200 billion in wealth just disappeared. That ain't sweet. I read the Taxi article. Nice piece. Len http://www.mp3.com/LenBullard Ekam sat.h, Vipraah bahudhaa vadanti. Daamyata. Datta. Dayadhvam.h -----Original Message----- From: Tim Bray [mailto:tbray@t...] At 03:47 PM 14/03/01 -0600, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote: >We can't treat XML >spec work as an XP programming >exercise. I think that is *exactly* what the W3C should start doing. And if you look at its successes, you detect a strong XP flavor - don't bite off too much, fix the three biggest problems and then see what the next big problem is, etc. -Tim
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