Mike’s Dump

February 17, 2007

Question Everything

Filed under: Home,Work — mikesdump @ 5:18 pm

I hate standards, process, and architecture (referred to as process throughout) or just about anything else formal that says, “We should always do it this way”. I cringe every time I hear, “we need to define a process for that”.

I’m not saying defining a process is a bad thing. Documented processes can help raise overall quality and give a consistent approach as a company grows. What is bad is when people believe they can stop thinking for themselves because there is a process that addresses a concern. What is worse is if the process fails and people don’t take responsibility for the failure but blame the process (AKA “blaming the Methodology”).

Then there is the opposite side of the spectrum. People that disagree with a process may decide not to ruffle any feathers and quietly not follow the process. Too often, people feel a process is written in stone and impossible to change. The problem with this belief is the process isn’t challenged when it should be.

I believe standards whether they are your own, your teams or the companies need to be questioned on a regular basis. Is the process still valid? What is the risk of removing the process? Is there still a benefit to keeping the process?

My general rule, when in doubt, question everything.



  1. I agree with you on a lot of this stuff – after all, in a sense that’s exactly what Agile is about. Processes must evolve or die – the same way that companies do when they refuse to rid themselves of a dead process.

    Comment by Justice~! — February 20, 2007 @ 8:59 am | Reply

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