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Local Change – What and Why

The change-harvester uses these five words to describe the properties of successful change: human, local, oriented, taken, and iterative. Let’s talk about “local”. See the previous post “Human Change” here These muses turn in to blogs + podcasts, and you can subscribe to them at geepawhill.org .) When we say we want our changes to be local, we’re talking about neighborhood, some rough concept of nearness, in multiple dimensions. We want a proposed change to be “within reach”. Remembering humanness, we want it to be something we can get our heads around. And we want it to be something we

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Human Change – What and Why

Today, let’s talk about the change-harvesters use of the concept-cluster we describe with the adjective “human”. We advocate that both the what and the how are best centered around the humans in our systems. The change-harvester looks at changes — in code, in individuals, in teams, in process & flows, in organizations — and sees that ,successfully applied change is human, local, oriented, taken, and iterative, often enough to adopt it as a general approach. So let’s do “human”. The idea here is that not only the changes we want to apply, but also the manner in which we adopt

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Multivalence for Change Harvesters

I want to talk about value today, and especially want to consider an idea I call multivalence, which seems quite central to putting the change-harvesting ideas to work. I recently chanced across a timeline convo that by asked what we should call things it would be good to achieve that weren’t things that were directly visible to the customer. “What do we call valuable things that aren’t ‘value’?’ The answer I gave: “value”. Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, a few of us were schmoozing about the fairly straightforward traditional resistance to “pairing”, and where the backing ideas for

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Lining It Up That Way (Rant)

The reason it’s so important for you to see 100 lines of code on your screen is that you have arranged the code so that 100 lines seems like a sane quantity. What you’re doing is working against your own capability. The reason it’s so important that no one interrupts you for six-hour blocks is that you have arranged the code so that six-hour blocks seem like a sane amount of concentration. What you’re doing is working against your own capability. The reason it’s so important that you keep your code from being at head for days or weeks at

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TDD on the Front End

A recurring respondents’ theme is “TDD is irrelevant in front-end code”. It’s easy to offer/receive this comment combatively, but I think a little more rich discussion of the factors involved might bring us to new and different positions about UI and TDD. Most folks who offer that are living in some sort of JS world: their code is client-side scripts attached to html pages to render various contents received from another application. Their browsers are in effect frameworks, inside of which all their code runs. (Aside: One of the most prevalent trade problems caused by the explosive demand for software

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