Agile evils, the software crisis, and other interesting stories

If you're interested in why projects fail, take a look at this video presentation by Douglas Crockford, senior JavaScript architect at Yahoo!.Douglas Crockford: "Quality" @ Yahoo!

If you're interested in why projects fail, take a look at this video presentation by Douglas Crockford, senior JavaScript architect at Yahoo!.

Douglas approaches IT failure from the inside out, looking at the drivers of software success and failure from a development perspective. The presentation begins with an historical discussion, and moves forward with practical suggestions for making better software projects. Douglas clearly understands both the business and technical issues, which makes his story compelling.

This presentation reminds us that software is a unique beast which cannot be tamed by wishful thinking alone. It's a must-see video.

Update: For a lengthy discussion of agile as a method for surfacing failures more rapidly, see this post.

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