Why Don’t Software Development Methodologies Work?

typicalprogrammer.com

This is, well, epic.  Having spent a fairly large chunk of my professional life chasing down the elusive ghost of repeatable software process, it's great to read a strong statement like the following...   essential reading...

"My own experience, validated by Cockburn’s thesis and Frederick Brooks in No Silver Bullet, is that software development projects succeed when the key people on the team share a common vision, what Brooks calls “conceptual integrity.” This doesn’t arise from any particular methodology, and can happen in the absence of anything resembling a process"

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