Thursday, November 17, 2005

Light Bulb Jokes

Now that Agile has hit "the big time" with a Dilbert cartoon we (some old OT/SPA cronies at lunch today) were trying to remember if we'd heard an Agile or rather XP Light Bulb Jokes. Failing to do this we decided to make one up:

How many XP developers does it take to change a light bulb?

What's the test for your use of the room? We cannot possibly estimate the amount of work or the resources required without understanding the "what". Why do you want light in the room? We can simplify the room by deleting the roof, walls and lightbulb so that you can get light at least 8 hours a day - of course you should only be doing 40 hours in there anyway. And you'll never need a new lightbulb! Which has tangible business value over the life of the system. We estimate it will take 2 developers 4 ideal days provided the roof doesn't cause injury if we refactor the floor first.

Maybe you had to be there. Any better ones?


At Thursday, November 17, 2005 4:04:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately not as entertaining as Dilbert.

At Thursday, November 17, 2005 4:06:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lunch - I'm guessing F***netixs doesn't have you on a contract at an investment bank....ah the bench........

At Thursday, November 17, 2005 4:33:00 pm, Blogger John S Nolan said...

You will note from my blog I am keen on "lunch time" being a sacred gap in the work day. I think of development like Clade Debussey thought of music: "Music is the silence between the notes"

But currently, I am not with-client. My carefully hidden abilities with regards to meeting clients and generating business have been discovered. So I am in BizDev mode.

Mind you, given the amount of meetings, writing, preparation for the breakfast in NY, "let's do coffee"ing and general stuff I'm doing I will be glad of the hands-on, direct feedback, steady pace of working with a client.

It would be a luxury to be languishing on the bench.

At Friday, November 18, 2005 9:53:00 am, Anonymous Crispin said...

Anonymous, how rude you sound like a man who’s been scorned! All Johnny was trying to do was raise a smile; he certainly raised one with me! Besides, I like a man with a hearty appetite.

At Friday, November 18, 2005 11:08:00 am, Anonymous Nat said...

How many XP programmers does it take to embrace change of a lightbulb?

At Monday, December 05, 2005 4:24:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think XP needs to re-conceptualise the light bulb. It's not an emitter of light; it's a sucker of darkness. Why do you think dead light bulbs are so black inside?

So, I think the answer to the riddle is two: one to do the produce the use case; and one to evangelise, claim victory, and declare that the waterall model could never have succeeded in changing a light bulb. Hallelujah!


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