And worst of all, many of its practitioners utilize managerial and technical hand-waving, smoke-blowing, bogus claims, and prestidigitation as a fig leaf to conceal ignorance, incompetence, and a refusal to work well with other necessary disciplines, most notably, interaction design (Yes, this is a blast at agile, but — for the sake of perspective — I believe that agile is better than all the other development methods we have).
Should Designers Code?
Alan Cooper
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Hi Alan,

This reads (to me) as a rather hasty generalization, if not an inaccurate conflation between “Agile” and unhealthy, cross-functional software teams.

That the tools of Agile have their fair share of difficulties, particularly at scale, is not the same as the corporate bike-shedding and interdisciplinary strife that you point out here.

I completely agree with the idea that arguments about designers coding tend to “avoid the single most important question: how do we create software?”

But haven’t you, in stating “[I] don’t want to get into an argument on this point,” under a section titled “The real issue,” avoided that very question?

My experience working in an environment that purports to be Agile is quite different (sans the occasional technical hand-waving and smoke-blowing) than the one you describe. And given the preponderance of organizations who have reaped the benefits of Agile, I’m curious to get a deeper take on from where exactly you think these problems stem.

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