Thursday, June 07, 2007

Agilistaist Glossary


Abolishing testers
ultimately, testers can prove that Agile processes are just as prone to bugs as any other. The placebo effect is maintained with alternative strategies. See Hexaflexagonal Architecture and Quality is in the toilet and flushing

one of us, not one of them. See How To Be An Agilista.

A way of reacting to someone's views to make their viewpoint seem less desirable. See I Am Not Shouting

Antagonist, The
blind to the benefits of anything that involves change. See Team Membership


Believer, The
blind to the failings and committed to the dogma, the bedrock of any Agile-attack on your organisation. See Team Membership

the central tenet of agile. See Seeing is believing.

Blameless culture
How to apportion blame without looking to be to blame for causing blame. See How to turn your company around

Blitz spirit
a traditional British response to attack, involving improved performance despite and because of the difficulties presented. See Keeping Your Job

proof that something is true or false, undesirable for the Agilistalist who is spreading falsehood and placebo. See avoid boolean

how to use the deepest fears of a production environment to control them, much like Room 101 See Bottlenecking


Carpet Sweeper
A style of management involving a big rug and keeping problems out of sight. See How to turn your company around

See pig

Claiming success
attaching any incidental successes to your reports to make you look good. Also attaching any unrelated successes. See Production Simulation

A means of making people uncertain of whether they are right or wrong. Ultimately you get your way because you're the only person who isn't confused. See I Am Not Shouting


Defender, The
perverts the system by following it and adding all the things which would otherwise be replaced by it. See Team Membership

How to make people see things your way without arguing the point, simply distort everything until it fits your viewpoint. See I Am Not Shouting

unpleasant evidence of what you said you'd do, or what you actually did. See Avoid Documentation.

the sure fire way to stick to your guns. Nobody can argue with dogma or they will look foolish. See Making People Feel Stupid.

place of learning martial arts. What this has to do with software is anyone's guess. See The Muda of Muda.

Dou Da
A post failure meeting to redefine success. See Dou Da, the art of the retrospective


The Emperor's New Clothes
the story of a child who was so blind he couldn't see.

If something is good, then it's worth extrapolating. See Extreme Programming, Ringfencing and Avoid Boolean

Extreme Programming
programming is turned from a serious engineering pursuit into a dangerous sport. SICK!


When dogma meets belief.

First line of irritation
a protective group of Agilists put forward by an Agile-meister to protect him against the immediate threat of violence. See Not Getting A Smack In The Mouth


foreigner or other.

enjoying your work by pretending it's all a game, even though people's livelihoods are at stake. Gaming is also the process of making yourself look better by improving only specific, measured, strategies.See Information Radiators and Game Theory


a three line verse in 5, 7, 5 syllables which sums something up neatly. E.g. Agile is going\to destroy your company\if you will let it.

Hexaflexagonal architecture
An apparently impossible approach to testing. See Concave Hexaflexagonal Archictecture


Illusory progress
the suggestion of moving forward and gaining momentum without any evidence. Can be simulated by simply using stronger language and better excuses. See Reiterative Development

Iterative development
adding features in small almost imperceptible increments. See Reiterative Development

encourage this to take attention away from your empty promises. See Intangible Mist Mystery

Intangible Mist
a fog through which nobody can see your true purpose. See Intangible Mist Mystery


Jonah method
how to convey your own brand of uncommon sense. See Effecting Change.


An umbrella. See also Poppins, Mary

another martial arts term relating to some sort of training. See The Muda of Muda.

Knee-Jerk Improviser
how creativeness on the spur of the moment can be a substitute for leadership. See The Knee-Jerk Improviser.


Local optimum
having reached the point where everything you can see seems to be working really well. Apparently this is not good enough. See Effecting Change.


a waste of something or other, usually your time. See The Muda of Muda and Ohno Not More Muda.

Mug, The
one of the well-intentioned souls paving the way to hell. See Team Membership

Mythical Man Month
the fallacy that some men can work 90 hour weeks without going insane. See The Mythical Man Month

Mythical Man Moth
the depressingly simple pest who flys into the light. See The Mythical Man Moth


Necessary Bullshit
The lamentably small amount of nonsense it takes to confuse the simple majority. See Necessary Bullshit

A style of management that's neither peer led nor dictatorial, but somewhere in between. See How to turn your company around


Ostrich, The
lets it all happen, regardless of the obvious consequences. See Team Membership


Passive Aggressive
holds everyone back with a string of semi-coherent excuses. Repressing a desire to kill. See Team Membership and The Yakisobi

What you want to be if you want to get anything done. The pig is committed. Sadly, pigs often die before breakfast. See also chicken and How To Be An Agilista (silly metaphors)

Placebo Effect
allows you to appear to be the best thing since sliced bread while the breadbin disintegrates

Pope, The
spiritual leader of the Agile cult. See Team Membership

Poppins, Mary
Chief Agilistaist and umbrella flyer. See Sugaring The Pill and Game Theory

He who owns the process, owns everything. See I Am Not Shouting

Problem Absolving Position
Get yourself a company scapegoat. See Problem Absolving Position

the most important thing in the world.

Production Simulation
make believe progress seen against the backdrop of a flimsy analogy with manufacture. See Production Simulation

instigator of trouble/Agile. See Team Membership

a method of conveying no information using confusing, but apparently intelligable diagrams. See Pseudo-ML diagrams


Quality is in the toilet and flushing
swirling away from you, but leaving the shit behind


Radiator (Information)
How to make the work of your team seem hot with lots of charts See Information Radiators.

Refactoring reality
reality, when spun correctly, will always be in your favour. See Production Simulation

Reiterative development
the process of repeating the same task in order to fix any problems that would lose you your job, while at the same time guaranteeing a perpetual need for your role. See Reiterative Development

Reporting (optimistic)
maintaining the effect of illusory progress by giving good reports, regardless of actual progress. See Production Simulation

silent, virtually useless opposition to Agile, drags everyone down regardless. See Team Membership

protect your position by placing artificial barriers around everything. See Avoid Boolean


Salmon method
Like the waterfall model, but uphill. See Parable Of The Yakisobi

just follow the pointed fingers. If you look at the other end of the arm pointing the finger, you have the cause. See Team Membership

How to ensure your unified-theory-of-everything includes anything that it shouldn't. See Shoehorning

Simple Majority
The large number of people in an organisation who are too stupid to see through manipulation See Simple Majority

that which you claim to be raising while simultaneously eroding and destroying all records of it. See Avoid Documentation.

Start the ball rolling
how to make irreversible decisions seem easy and invisible. See Team Membership, Protagonist and Jumanji

Suit (The Agile)
how incremental builds can ruin a good tailor. See The Agile suit.

Sugaring the pill
make bad news seem like proof of how good you are. See Sugaring the Pill

how to make pseudo-science seem like it's based on rational evidence. Everything tastes nice with sweetistics. See Sweetistics


Theory of constraints
the idea that when you hold engineers back from their job they feel angry and constrained.

something undeniably true which you can say without any need to justify it. Truisms please people and are, largely, irrelevant. They are a useful tool. See Promising The World.

the car in front. Also the model for any engineering ideal. See The Muda of Muda.




a method of software engineering which is like the natural flow of water... off the edge of a cliff and into oblivion. See The Agile suit.

White Book (the)
The mystical bible from which all Agile practices derive. Similar to The Beatles's "White Album".

World (the)
what you must promise. See Promising The World.



Fat woman. Useless, pointless, redundant. See Parable Of The Yakisobi



Anonymous S said...

Suggested additions:

Insultant (n): See consultant

Consultant (n): See wanker

Wanker (n): consultant

Cunt (n): Aspirational. Wanker-Consultant who gets paid for too much $%&*$%& money then %^&$% off smelling of roses.

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