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Almost a year ago I wrote about software development
insurance. I showed how you could invest time and
effort (= money) to safeguard your operation from
exorbitant costs of change and maintenance. This
insurance policy takes the form of comprehensive
automated developer testing (a.k.a. unit testing or
That's at the code level. Code is produced by
people. A lot has been written about people's motivation,
soft skills, building teams, and fostering teamwork.
This is all fine... until things go wrong.
Being human, team members occasionally experience
personal trouble. They are susceptible to mood
changes. Their preferences and motivation change over
time. Even your best people can suddenly lose focus.
Can your team insure themselves against human
As it turns out, yes. Read how and why in “I've Got
Your Back”, which Johanna Rothman and I just published
After reading it, share it with your friends and
colleagues. Discuss it in a retrospective. How will it
change your experience?
As always, I've got your back too. If your team(s)
need help reaching their potential — or just getting
unstuck — write to me.