TITLE: Agile Moments: Conspicuous Progress and Partial Value AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: July 03, 2014 2:13 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Dorian Taylor, in Toward a Theory of Design as Computation:
You can scarcely compress the time it takes to do good design. The best you can do is arrange the process so that progress is conspicuous and the partially-completed result has its own intrinsic value.
Taylor's piece is about an idea much bigger than simply software methodology, but this passage leapt off the page at me. It seems to embody two of the highest goals of the various agile approaches to making software: progress that is conspicuous and partial results that have intrinsic value to the user. If you like ambition attempts to create a philosophy of design, check out the whole essay. Taylor connects several disparate sources: with the philosophy of Christopher Alexander, in particular Notes on the Synthesis of Form and The Nature of Order. Ambitious it is. -----