Kent Beck hates writing biographies.
Guitarist, singer, storyteller, walker, poker player, programmer, artist. Original signer of the Agile Manifesto, author of the Extreme Programming book series, rediscoverer of Test-Driven Development, and inspiring keynote speaker.
Helps geeks feel safe in the world.
NewCrafts Paris 2023
Tidy First? A Daily Practice of Empirical Software Design
The economic rationale for software design is increased revenue & decreased cost. The relationship rationale for software design is to encourage trust through a steady delivery of value. The humane rationale for software design is to care for & encourage the growth of the geeks working on the software &, by extension, care for & encourage the growth of those affected by geeky decisions.
A short list of principles & observations serves to explain why satisfying all these rationales is difficult--coupling & cohesion, time value versus optionality, power laws. The same list suggests a way forward for software designers in a complicated, conflicted, uncertain, & deeply human world--large changes in small, safe steps.
We'll start with a 10x/day situation--you need to change some messy code. Do you tidy first? (Spoiler: likely yes, only as much as you need for now.)