Here’s a few links I’ve been saving in Shrook, all software process or XP related. Taken as a whole, they show various bits of thinking about XP with which I agree. I’ve come to the conclusion that whether you are for or against XP comes down to which strawman is more compelling to you: “We will waste time overdesigning things we don’t use” or “We will waste time throwing things away that we built that won’t work with the product as a whole.” I’m more scared by the latter than the former, XPers the opposite.
A few links from Incipient Thoughts. One is on agile product buildiing, another is on the XP practice of going straight to code, and then today was this post about viewing agile methods or the lack of them as different ways of managing risk.
Via Exploration through Example comes links to Brett Pettichord and Danny Faught, both of whom blog about open source testing tools. He also posts that Better Software magazine is looking for writers.
My favorite contrarian voice, shouting against the XP tide, remains Hacknot. Here is a post about how to talk like an XPer. It’s funny stuff, and is equally applicable for “how to talk like a writer of military science fiction.” In fact, Bob Martin and John Ringo had very similar rhetorical styles when I heard each present (the former at CJUG and the latter at Dragon*Con).