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Making Cowboy Coding Work
Cowboy Coding means assigning a task to a programmer and let him analyze, design and code it the way he wants. The programmer is usually alone and has little communication with rest of the team. So if you are coding this way, this means you have a team of independent programmers. And this is usually referenced as a bad practice of software development because it looks like you have no methodology and no control over what is being developed. And if you have inexperienced programmers, it is mostly likely that some parts of the code will fail. It is also expected that you will have difficulties in controlling and frequently releasing your code as Agile Methodology dictates.All true and I cannot agree more. But this needs to be discussed, and I think this is still an option in case you have a good team.
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People Resist Change
In this article, I will try to explain this phrase from the Information Systems perspective and give you some hints to overcome the possible resistance you will face while introducing a new business software to a company. We can also say that "Users Resist Change".
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The Sistine Chapel Ceiling and Software Talent
Michelangelo painted Sistine Chapel ceiling (40x13 meters) in 4 years between 1508 and 1512. It was a huge project. Almost all work was done by Michelangelo himself. Of course, he was not alone while he painted, he had many assistants. Their tasks were simply to prepare his paints, carry ladders up and down, prepare the day's plaster and etc. Occasionally, he would let a talented assistant to work on a small part of a landscape, or a small figure which is almost invisible. Michelangelo hired and fired these assistants on such a regular basis that none of them could claim credit for any part of the ceiling. Not a great team player, huh?
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