Category: People

I spoke at #agileinthecity this week on Punishment Driven Development and I was asked an interesting question. “What if a team member doesn’t want to do a good job?” Should we punish someone who just isn’t trying?  Should we let them know that their behaviour is unacceptable?  Should we start hard performance management? It’s my […]

What is the first thing we do when a major issue occurs in a live system?  Sort it out of course.  Then we start the hunt for the person to blame so that they can suffer the appropriate punishment.  What do we do if a person is being awkward in the team and won’t agree […]

There’s roller derby and there’s men’s roller derby.  I can’t think of another assertive team sport with large amounts of physical contact which is played primarily by women.  There are male roller derby teams (and even a few mixed ones) and this is becoming more popular, but it is still predominantly a female sport. In […]

When we think about agile development we talk about the performance of the team and not measuring individual performance.  If we measure individual performance then we drive behaviours which are counterproductive to our overall aims.  For example, one of the best developers I have ever worked with would probably have been viewed as achieving very […]

Earlier this year I decided to undertake an experiment on punishment and blameworthiness.  I set up an online survey and asked my Facebook friends and people on Twitter to fill it out.  There were 5 scenarios.  In each one someone called John did something wrong and people were asked to say how blameworthy John was […]

What can we tell by looking at someone?  Can we guess what job they do?  Could we gauge how good they are with people and how effective a leader they would make? Despite how much we believe that we make voting decisions or job offer decisions based on rational analysis the fact remains that we […]

What’s the first thing we do when a problem happens in the live system?  Fix it of course.  Then we set about finding out who’s to blame so that they can be suitably punished.  Why is there this drive to punishment?  What dies it achieve? One organisation I worked with used to have a high […]