People, Project Management

Programmer Anarchy

I came across this great presentation on InfoQ about Programmer Anarchy the other day. I had not been exposed to many of these principles and they can be somewhat controversial.

While some of the principles may not fit for everyone, I think there is something for everyone in these principles.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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About Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio has worked for Protegra for 14+ years because of the professionalism, people, and culture. Terry started as a software developer and found his technical calling in Data Architecture. Terry has helped to create Enterprise Operational Data Stores and Data Warehouses for the Financial and Insurance industries. Along the way Terry discovered that he enjoys helping to build teams, grow client trust and encourage individual career growth, completing project deliverables, and helping to guide solutions. It seems that some people like to call that Project Management. As a practical Data Modeller and Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Data Modelling and Agile. Terry considers himself a born again agilist as Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles has made him once again enjoy Software Development and believe in what can be accomplished. Terry is a fan of Agile implemented according to the Lean Principles, the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, Operational Data Stores, 4th Normal Form, and asking why


2 thoughts on “Programmer Anarchy

  1. I would be interested in the parts you think would be useful in your environment.



    Posted by Fred George | April 4, 2011, 3:56 pm
    • Thanks for the question Fred. In our environment we already leverage the developer driven methodology quite extensively. All the decisions are really made by the development team. Though to be fair, not to the degree that you do as we are primarily a consulting company that executes projects and not a product company. Due to this we typically require estimates to provide to our clients to determine if there is a business case for the projects. Even the clients that trust us still require these estimates to determine if the cost of a project exceeds the business value. We never look at estimates as a vehicle for blame though, merely as a planning and visioning tool. Even if our clients did not require them, I think we would still have an estimating session. The reason for this is that the estimating session is usually the ideal way to build consensus or buy-in and to also confirm solution vision. We have found that this small investment eliminates large issues later based on misconceptions. The estimates are also very useful to answer the “how are we doing?” questions.

      For our long standing clients, our developers do drive out the requirements side by side with the clients. Due to the nature of our business though, sometimes we are not experts in the business domain and we work with the clients to understand the domain. Again this just may be a difference related to the Product versus Project methodology.

      I do have a couple of questions though:

      1) Do you think it would be a fair statement that Programmer Anarchy works better in a Product company where the developers are also business domain experts? I think in many ways your developers are your clients. šŸ™‚
      2) To be honest one area that was troubling was the lack of automated testing. Some of our projects have significant client impact if errors occur after deployments. Do you create automated tests for high impact areas of your applications?



      Posted by bornagainagilist | April 4, 2011, 6:53 pm

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