Posts Tagged ‘Ron Jeffries’

Hurry! Hurry!

August 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Lots of smart and sincere software development folks like Ron Jeffries, Jim Coplien, Scott Ambler, Bob Marshall, Adam Yuret, etc. have recently been lamenting the dumbing-down and commercialization of the “agile” brand. Since I get e-mails like the one below on a regular basis, I can deeply relate to their misery.

Hurry! Hurry! After just 2 days of effort and a measly 1300 beaners of “investment“, you’ll be fully prepared to lead your next software development project into the promised land of “under budget, on schedule, exceeds expectations“.

Whoo Hoo! My new SCRUM Master certificate is here! My new SCRUM Master certificate is here!

Meritocracy Hippocracy

January 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Thanks to software guru Ron Jeffries, I just discovered this article from “Sociation Today“: The Meritocracy Myth. In their piece, authors McNamee and Miller restate the oft espoused American dream as:

Getting ahead is ostensibly based on individual merit, which is generally viewed as a combination of factors including innate abilities, working hard, having the right attitude, and having high moral character and integrity.

They then attempt to prove that it’s a myth:

“..the really big money in America comes not from working at all but from owning, which requires no expenditure of effort, either physical or mental. In short, working hard is not in and of itself directly related to the amount of income and wealth that individuals have.”

Of course, being academics, McNamee and Miller are required to present income and wealth distribution statistics to bolster their case:

OK, so assume that they convinced “us” that the American dream has morphed into a ruse. What actions do McNamee and Miller propose to transform the myth into reality? They present these well-worn yawners:

But wait. Maybe we don’t want an ideally meritocratic society. As McNamee and Miller imply: Isn’t there a chance that the meritorious who’ve risen to the top of the income and wealth charts would develop a sense of righteous entitlement?  Wouldn’t they “look down” upon those who haven’t advanced in life based on merit?

Well, yeah – ego dominated humans will be humans. But wouldn’t a system based on merit be fairer than one that keeps privileged and meritless aristocrats entrenched in power and “looking down“? Don’t you think meritorious leaders would have a greater sense of humility and compassion than aristocratic, silver-spoon-fed leaders? At least the American dream would be alive and kicking. The hope of personally creating a better life would become a reality, and not remain just a mythical pipe dream.

All ideologies end up killing people. – Jean Goss

We’d Do This?

January 2, 2011 1 comment

Wise ole’ Ron Jeffries and dumb ole’ Bulldozer00 go back… way, way back. Ron prolly won’t remember the multi-week e-exchange we had, but back in the 90’s we engaged in a passionate, tete-ah-tete tango on the merits and “perceived lack-thereof” of the eXtreme Programming (XP) software development process. That historic exchange (which changed the course of history!) actually happened before the invention of social networking and effortless person-to-person comm – OMG!.

After the dust was settled, the chaw was spat, the pistols were re-loaded, and the ‘nads were comfortably repositioned back into the sack, Ron graciously sent me a signed copy of “Extreme Programming Installed“. I’ll never forget his generous gesture.

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