May 30, 2006

...Learn TDD with Codemanship

Software Pastel Improvement?

After a long and heated discussion about what colours the different boxes should be on their new "process area" wallchart, I've finally realised that some organisations just aren't geared up for getting things done...

It rather reminds me of the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. The thinkers and do-ers of the planet Golgafrincham concoct a story about the end of the world to get rid of the useless third of their population (y'know, the middle managers, advertising executives and telephone sanitisers) by sending them into space on a giant ship they called the "B-Ark", which was programmed to crash into a suitably large and far-away planet.

The survivors find themselves on prehistoric Earth, and have to rebuild their civilisation from scratch. One project team spends months trying to invent the wheel, with little success. Our hero Ford Prefect exclaims that they have failed to master the most basic form of technology, to which the project leader replies:

"Okay, if you're so clever, you tell us what colour it should be?"
Posted 15 years, 2 months ago on May 30, 2006