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You must be one of those big government liberals I'm always hearing about on Fox News.
I guarantee you when the zombie apocalypse comes the government will tell us to 'stay home' and put 'plastic over the windows' and 'everything is under control' right up until the point you and your friends are alone in a warehouse fending off hoards of zombies with a shotgun and a chainsaw.
At that point you'll turn to the busty dark haired beauty in the tattered tanktop who is at your side and say, "OMG, MehGerbil was right!", and she'll say, "Kiss me you hansome devil", and you'll lean in for the kiss but she'll bite your neck because she's a zombie now - and I'll be like RFLOL.
If a child poops in the local swimming pool the entire pool has to be emptied of occupants but if you put a freakin' corpse in a hotel water supply for two weeks there isn't a problem - according to the tests.
Well I'm not really all that big on govvamint either but I might agree with them somewhat here.
If you were a floater in a water tank, I'd be happier to drink the water than if you dropped a floater in it.
According to the government teh small amounts of chlorine in the drinking water killed off all the bad bacteria whereas the eye-redding levels of chlorine in the local swimming pool doesn't quite cut it.
Entire corpse rotting in a tank of drinking water for two weeks: No problemo. Toddler poops his diaper on the other end of the pool: Run for your life.
When the Columbia was still in orbit, NASA on the ground had a pretty good idea that the reentry would end in catastrophe. They chose to keep them in the dark. They didn't want a small crew on a small ship to panic. If that calmness was worth keeping them in the dark, do you think the government would do everything they could to keep the public from panicking (unless it fits their agenda).
<layer>If a child poops in the local swimming pool the entire pool has to be emptied of occupants but if you put a freakin' corpse in a hotel water supply for two weeks there isn't a problem - according to the tests.
That is an over simplification of both of those situations.
You must understand that this new crap has been developed to occupy managers with no software developement background. There is a new class rising, the MBA class, they have invented SCRUM just to mix with developers and take advantage of them.
That's the thing. Management skills and programming skills are completely unrelated; being fantastic at one doesn't imply any competence at all in the other.
If you're a good programmer, you need a manager to handle the things that you shouldn't be spending your time on, but those things don't include designing the code or deciding what needs to be done to make the product meet customer requirements. Agile puts the responsibility for those in the hands architects and developers, which is where it should be.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
I'm not convinced there is any such thing as an "IT project". There are loads of "business projects" which include IT components, though.
After 25 years I'm convinced there are IT projects that may, if completed, serve a business need. Really doesn't matter which way around you frame it, all the successful projects have been technology led, all the bad ones, business led. That is, where the manager, for instance, is from the business side and has no technical competence at all; the expectations go from unrealistic to demanding to desperate as they struggle to understand what it is they are supposed to be managing. The problem always appears to be that the non-technical manager simply has no idea how any of this works, what the real complexities and issues are or, in particular, how to manage the people. By the time they figure it out, for the most part, it's too late.
Pardon my cynicism, been around too long to believe that there are any magic bullets or that one way of doing things is the best. That is why I still think that projects that are technology led and people (that is, the team players) focused work the best, regardless of what flavor of management-speak you color it in with.
"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur." Red Adair. nils illegitimus carborundum