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Modern software developers have abandoned waterfall processes and embraced agile and lean methods. Yet, the waterfall process has left behind a dangerous legacy, one that stealthily controls our behavior. Developers act as if uncertainty is intrinsically bad, and predictability is intrinsically good. Consequently, they strive to eliminate as much variability as possible in schedule, performance, and cost. And, although they never use the term, they deeply value determinism. In this presentation, Don Reinertsen will present an alternative view. How could we design development processes such that variability improves economic outcomes rather than hurting them? When we seek to thrive in a stochastic world, rather than merely survive in it, we look at things quite differently.
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