A fourth installment of interesting things I've captured from Twitter that people have said (including some of my own) either individually or as part of a thread of discussion (again sorted by first name):
Alan Shalloway - biggest difference between adopting Lean now from adopting agile 10 yrs ago is customers r now more open-minded than th consultant community
Bob Marshall - Common insight from Reinertsen, Goldratt, Seddon: Manage *queues*, not schedules, capacity, efficiency or costs.
David Hussman - Detailed requirements are poorly written tests or what I call "tests in disguise".
David Hussman: Project communities are bonded by common goals not by percentage of availability on org charts.
Declan Whelan - I tire of people saying we were successful w/o agile as if success is binary. Agility fosters the ability to expand success.
Eric Hoffer (via Steve Freeman) - “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”
Gloria Steinem (via Suhas Walanjoo) - The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off.
James Bach - 3-word critical thinking process: Huh? Really? So? (question meaning, then question fact, then question significance)
Jason Gorman - 1. Hire good programmers. 2. Give them clear goals. 3. Give regular constructive feedback. 4. Stay out of the way!
Jason Yip - Isn't it kind of weird that Japan has a Deming prize and the US has a Shingo prize?
Jean Tabaka - Scrum vs Kanban vs other systems/certification debates distract vs focus. Continuous systems improvement jazzes me. Pick & focus.
Marcin Niebudeck - What I find the most difficult in #agile transition is not the legacy code, but the legacy people. For legacy code we have already good engineering techniques from #xp. What do we have for legacy people?
Mark Twain (via Will Green) - Never argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with his experience. Scott Duncan - A variation "Never argue with an idiot. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." Both from Twain, I think.
Niklas Bjørnerstedt (via Kent Beck blog) - A good team can learn a new domain much faster than a bad one can learn good practices.
Scott Duncan - I am just not convinced the way to combat dysfunction is with more easily dismissed forms of dysfunction.
Scott Duncan (From the movie "Nightwatch") - "It's easier for a man to destroy the light within himself than to defeat the darkness all around him." (Anna Nachesa said the actual translation from the original Russian is: “It's always easier to put out the light within yourself than to cast away the darkness outside.”)
Tim Ottinger - I think that the agile motto should be "Building a better next week."
Timothy L. Johnson (via Josh Nankivel from Twitter)- Changing the world, surprisingly, looks a lot like living your life... day to day... with purpose... with focus... and with love. And there are days when looking at yourself in the mirror at the end of it all... and smiling... is really the best accomplishment. (28 September 2009)
Tobias Mayer - Scrum & XP are incomparable. Scrum is a framework for organizational change, XP for individual craftsmanship.
Unknown (via Kim Coles) - "The world is so fast that there are days when the person who says it can't be done is interrupted by the person doing it.”
Vasco Duarte - My def: "a method scales iff the effort needed to manage "things" grows at a slower rate than the number of "things"."
Will Rogers (via Ainsley Nies) - “Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.”
William W. (Woody) Williams - Highly motivated, productive people working in the wrong direction do huge damage in a short time.
Willie Colon (via Roy Atkinson) - The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The WILLINGNESS to learn is a choice.
Yves Hanoulle - "A shared vision is about shared state, not about a shared statement."