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What does this answer MEAN?

Last post 04:43 am May 11, 2015 by Christian Geyer
3 replies
08:13 am May 8, 2015

I need help from someone who is better at the English language than I am :)

There is particular statement in the open practitioner assessment:
"How the organization discusses and plans the work of creating software will be reflected in the implementation of that software."

It is a bit embarrassing but right now I could not explain the meaning of this in my own words. That probably means that I did not fully understand it...

Could anyone try to describe the meaning of this sentence in his or her own words?

For context: It is one of the answers to this question:
"Technical systems can be decomposed to composite elements, from the large to the small. Basic components may be represented as activities, workflows, functions, features, capabilities, and other similar nomenclature. How does this system decomposition affect Scrum Teams on scaled projects?"

Thanks in advance!

11:33 am May 8, 2015

I have been in a discussion in this forum about this question.

I reject this answer. Not for it would be untrue. It is extremely true. But it has no more meaning as the statement: When you make pancakes a certain way, the pancakes will be created that way.

This answer in the context of a discussion of organizing the scaling of software creation is imo meaningless.

04:53 pm May 8, 2015

> But it has no more meaning as the statement:
> When you make pancakes a certain way, the
> pancakes will be created that way. 

You could pretty much build a machine for making pancakes and work it by turning the handle. That can't be done for software, because the creative process behind it is less deterministic.

Stage-gated lifecycles attempt to impose determinism upon the software process. Once ingredients are fed in a handle is then turned. All too often though, failure results due to requirements decay and other variables.

Scrum uses empiricism to improve predictability, whilst framing variability in terms of the people involved and the practices they follow. I think that's the issue the question is trying to draw out.

04:43 am May 11, 2015

Thanks, that helped a lot. I like the pancake machine example! That sentence really had me confused.