Friday, March 5, 2010

Return of the Stakhanovites

One of the realities of development these days is that our software teams have heterogeneous skill levels. Most teams contain a mix of veterans and rookies. There can be large differences in how seriously people take continuing education, too. My team, for example, has a member who just announced that he never learned any of the Java 5 features and so couldn’t work on areas that used generics. Considering that we’re now migrating from Java 6 toward Groovy, this team member is pretty far behind the curve.

-- Testing as Contract: A Modest Proposal

That would be a really serious problem for any team, but particularly one that hopes to be Agile.

I hope that - as the subtitle implies - the author is kidding when he suggests that the solution is for the "veterans" to write all the tests.

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