I really like this story. Spontaneous team rituals are fun. HR constructed team rituals are silly.
Difficult deployment prevents good software from being used. Dependencies are best avoided and minimized rather than managed.
more on PHP deployment.
I ran across an Interview with Scott Collins about Mozilla at ArsTechnica. In light of Joel Spolsky’s How Microsoft Lost the API War article, I found one comment particularly interesting:
And we didn’t get out a 5.0, and that cost of us everything, it was the biggest mistake ever
This was obviously an emotional issue for Scott, [...]
It seems that there may be some synergy between Rumsfeld’s agile military reform project and agile software development methods. Agile Software Development for an Agile Force draws this parallel and describes a sample project. It is nice to see articles like federal programmers get agile. I think agile development may be winning its [...]