Manuel Gomes
Feb 6, 2018 · 4 min read
  • My so-called “Second Law of Agile Thermodynamics”, that I alluded to in “Some riffs on sustainability” — practices decay if not maintained.
  • Technical debt accrual: With no time available to improve their work, the team will be unable to make their changes harmonious with the system, and functionality will become “tacked on” instead of “built in” until the whole system shakes itself apart.
  • Architectural debt accrual: the technical (and business!) architecture that served you well at a given point in time will almost inevitably cease to serve you at some time in the future. Full utilisation precludes the teams from evolving the architecture so it serves your business and software. Instead coupling goes up, alignment goes down, and change becomes increasingly difficult.
  • enhance focus, prioritisation, flow
  • provide comfort and serenity
  • signal quality and value
  • You may look back at work you did and realise it’s not really up to par in some way. You now have an opportunity to go back and fix it, maintaining readability and preventing the accrual of technical debt, thereby making all your future work easier.
  • You may be better able to grasp pieces of work in context, understand their place in the value narrative, and focus your attention on how to deliver them with consistency and integrity.
  • You may feel the space, confidence and safety to engage with your work to the best of your ability, instead of justifying compromises in quality and customer empathy.

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