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I have a copy of the "Principles behind the Agile Manifest stapled to my cube wall (  One of my favorite principles is :

"Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely." 

To me this principle promotes work life balance and leads to less burn out and developer attrition.  As our economy weakens I find myself working weekends and into the wee hours. Is this sustainable development?  I am tired and energy drinks are no longer working. I see this happening not just in software development but in  all types of employment.  I find that if I stay up until 3a.m.  to work on a problem I have a hard time waking up at 5:00 am to start a new day. For those involved in Agile development the whole process starts to fall apart when people are not honest during the estimating phase of the project because they are afraid to say they think something will take 40 hours not the 10 hours management would like to see.  We, including myself are shooting ourselves in the foot when our work load becomes unsustainable.  Problem is I don't know what to do about it.  The country is practically in a depression and our employers are also fighting an upstream battle to stay afloat economically.

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2008 10:15 AM | Back to top

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