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Why Self-Organization Is a Luxury

by Olga Kouzina, 26 February 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

This post is from Edge of Chaos | Agile Development Blog by Olga Kouzina. Click here to see the original post in full.

I continue exploring deep reasons behind various phenomena in agile software development. It’s amazing, how often the universal principle of entropy manifests itself in the  relatively short ~ 10-year mainstream history of this movement.  It looks like I have another eye-opener.


Entropy in software development


What is entropy, in simple terms? This is the principle of bouncebacks as in a pendulum. If there’s too much emphasis on one side, a social or ideological pendulum bounces to the opposite point, as if to compensate this overdoing. We have too many decisions to make and we’re tired of that? Let’s invent the panacea, called Big Data. We got tired of deadlines in waterfall software development, and even Scrum didn’t help, because we got tired of those time-boxed iterations? All hail Kanban now, because it has no deadlines. We are tired of managers treating us as numb tools? We want to break free, so we delve into the tempting freedom of self-organization and no managers at all. I sketched the visual for this pendulum, to make the metaphor clearer.


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