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Agile Software Development and Rock Climbing

February 12, 2012

I have really enjoyed re-reading Alistair Cockburn discussing how software development and rock climbing are examples of goal-seeking cooperative games.   See pages 31-33 of  Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game (2nd Edition).


So what are the characteristics he sees in common between rock climbing and software development?

  1. Cooperative and goal-seeking
  2. Load bearing
  3. Team
  4. Individuals with talent
  5. Skill-sensitive
  6. Training
  7. Tools
  8. Resource-limited
  9. Plan
  10. Improvised
  11. Fun
  12. Challenging
Alistair Cockburn – Agile Sofware Development and Rock Climbing – Summary

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