[Melbourne-pm] Code Kata

Alec Clews alecclews at gmail.com
Sat Jun 4 07:40:21 PDT 2011

This is new to me. May interest some peeps.

"How do you get to be a great musician? It helps to know the theory, and
to understand the mechanics of your instrument. It helps to have talent.
But ultimately, greatness comes from practicing; applying the theory
over and over again, using feedback to get better every time.

How do you get to be an All-Star sports person? Obviously fitness and
talent help. But the great athletes spend hours and hours every day,

But in the software industry we take developers trained in the theory
and throw them straight in to the deep-end, working on a project. It’s
like taking a group of fit kids and telling them that they have four
quarters to beat the Redskins (hey, we manage by objectives, right?). In
software we do our practicing on the job, and that’s why we make
mistakes on the job. We need to find ways of splitting the practice from
the profession. We need practice sessions."



Alec Clews
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