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HS Thomas
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I was just wondering how XP copes with technology explosion. I thought Study Groups may help. Does XP have any pointers.
YAGNI - When do you know when you *ARE* going to need it?
Obviously start with a set of problems helps.


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PLoP -patterns for Insight into Group Study may help ?
Patterns for Group Study includes GoF Design Patterns learning guide
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
YAGNI - When do you know when you *ARE* going to need it?

You know that you need it when you can't think of a more simple solution that could possibly work. And yes, I know that's as cliche as they come...
 
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
I was just wondering how XP copes with technology explosion. I thought Study Groups may help. Does XP have any pointers.

No, continuing education is outside the scope of XP - as is payment, hiring and many other things you need to do nevertheless...
 
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Ilja Preuss : No, continuing education is outside the scope of XP

I was thinking more along the lines of learning language syntax,design patterns , architectural and messaging patterns, business modelling
which hopefully *is* within the scope of XP.
People may be outside the scope of XP. I grant you that.
Every system needs it's developers, systems analysts, business analysts
developed from experience on site.
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Lasse Koskela
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
People may be outside the scope of XP.

I think it's wrong to say that people would be outside of the scope of XP. XP is one of the "peopleware processes"--those which appreciate the importance of who's doing the job in addition to how the job is done.
 
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Pair programming spreads knowledge around the team. How new knowledge gets into the team is not addressed. People who read and take classes might do the trick, or you might hire consulting to bring in new skills.
BTW: Voluminous documentation is part of the problem, not part of the solution -- TDM & TLR
Define voluminous? Seems to be saying Too much is too much.
 
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Originally posted by Stan James:
Define voluminous? Seems to be saying Too much is too much.

Exactly. DeMarco and Lister wrote in Peopleware (I can't guarantee 100% correctness right now because the book is at the cubicle and I'm not) that we never manage to get just the right amount of documentation but we tend to err on the side of too much. They suggest we should try to err more on the side of too little. Nevertheless, "too much is too much" as you said (which of course holds for "too little is too little" as well)...
 
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