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Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:17:37

Kent Beck on Moving the Constraint out of Development

Here's a sad but repeated story: a development team begins applying XP, dramatically improves quality and productivity , but then is disbanded , its leaders fired and the rest of the team scattered. Why does this happen? From the Theory of Constraint perspective, the team's improved performance shifted the constraint elsewhere in the organization. The new constraint (e.g. marketing, who can't decide what they want fast enough) doesn't like the spotlight. Nobody actually cares about organizational throughput. The "source" of the turmoil, XP, is blamed and eliminated.

Kent Beck - Extreme Programming Explained