Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Agile Zone (November 07 - November 14). Here they are, in order of popularity:
I was once told in a performance review that “perception is reality.” I was infuriated, and the words stuck in my mind as the most toxic thing a manager could say to an employee. Let me tell you what “perception is reality” means, and why you should plan on leaving your job the moment you hear it:
One of the more important things that you have to remember is that you should always be ready for failure. As developers, we are used to thinking about stuff like that in our code, but this is true for real life as well.
I don’t like to use the term smell. I prefer to say that you’re in “the valley”. I’m referring to the uncanny valley. When something looks and moves almost, but not exactly, like a healthy person, it causes a response of revulsion among some observers. To that, I believe there is an Agile uncanny valley and it’s full of Agile zombies.
During the post-conference drinks I was chatting with a developer - Matt from New Zealand if my memory serves - and he came out with what some might think was a surprising comment. He said: “I’d never thought of a project like that before.”