That’s not funny

 Tension fills the conference room a few weeks before the Client release. The Client team wasn’t told that the Database team had added a parameter to the AddClient API. The Client broke spectacularly—the latest in a series of miscommunication and miscues by both teams. Only now were the Client and Database teams meeting to discuss…

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Destabilization

 It breaks my heart and sickens my stomach to witness the tremendous productivity and quality gains of Lean Software Development practices at Microsoft:  feature crews in Office, scrum teams in Xbox, and improvement teams in SQLServer, to name a few. These Lean approaches yield less-incomplete work, higher-quality builds throughout the product cycle, earlier feedback on…

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