Every field has its seasons, its rituals, its traditions, its myths. Information technology, too, has stories that it tells at certain times of the year. In that spirit, we offer a myth from the ancient of days, which is to say the 1950s.
Anna-the-intern narrates this year’s presentation of “Songs of Comfort and Joy,” As she notes, it is not really a seasonal story. Is is fable about Agile Development. In such fables, a a group of self-organized programmers, working from the ground, work together to produce working that code that corrects mistakes made by their nemesis, which is to say management. It is a lovely story that reminds us that when the going get tough, the tough go programming – at every season of the year.