03 Dec '12, 10pm

On the Tyranny of the Urgent in agile, and the need to plan instead:

Our worst decisions and actions are those without which society would have been better off. To publish a newspaper headline announcing that Truman lost to Dewey. The decision to invade at the Bay of Pigs. These have their equally headline-worthy engineering analogues: The decision to launch Challenger. The 2008 decision to release Heathrow’s T5 baggage-handling software. The decision to jump off the burning platform to abandon Symbian and take another tack. Most languages are littered with sayings that encourage snap decisions. Carpe diem is an early one. A stitch, in time, saves nine dates from the 1700s. Hindsight is 20/20 is more contemporary. We have a few like haste makes waste , but on balance, urgency seems to be the call of Western culture. We all need to make snap decisions now and then. If you’re crossing the road and you’re about to be hit by a bus, it’s not tim...

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