Saturday, March 15, 2008

Do you suffer from DID?

According to Psychology Today...
Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is a severe condition in which two or more distinct identities, or personality states, are present in -- and alternately take control of -- an individual.
So how do you know if your team is suffering from project DID? Let's take a look at some of the symptoms:
  • The individual experiences from 2 to more... different identities.
  • The various personality states exhibit distinct histories, behaviors and even physical characteristics.
  • Transitions from one identity to another are often triggered by psychosocial stress.
  • Self-mutilation and suicidal and/or aggressive behavior may take place.
Does your team say they practice...
... agile but run projects using waterfall techniques (analysis-design-build-test; 7 layer cake; technical user stories)?
... sustainable pace and then invokes the "extended work day"?
... small releases and then deploy new releases annually?
... process improvement and then constantly defer or reschedule the iteration retrospective?
... customer tests and test driven development but then have BUFD meetings and skip writing test cases?
... whole team but PMO, BA, testers, DBA's, Programmers, and customers only work together testing the production release?

If your team is infected do not despair because there is a cure...

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