People and the Limits of Methodology

  • Alistair Cockburn
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2072)


People have a nasty habit of ruining neatly drawn up methodologies. It’s not that they intend to, it is just that people are packaged as “individuals” while methodologies are packaged in “roles.” We shall explore principles that follow methodologies versus those that follow people, see how far methodologies can take us versus where we have to give in to the characteristics of people, and how to concoct an agile-but-sufficient methodology on the fly, using a view of software development as a cooperative game of invention and communication.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alistair Cockburn
    • 1
  1. 1.Humans and TechnologySalt Lake City

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