Some teams are orders of magnitude more effective than others. Kent Beck famously described himself as “not a great programmer, but a good programmer with great habits”. For the last few years Dan North has been working with, and observing, some very good teams with quite exceptional – and rather surprising – habits.
Are katas the best way to learn a new language? Is manual testing a waste of time? Is copy-and-paste always evil? Is the customer always right? In this talk Dan introduces the idea of delivery patterns – patterns of effective behaviour in delivery teams – and describes some of the more unusual but effective patterns he’s been collecting. These are not patterns for beginners, but then again, Dan argues that patterns aren’t for beginners anyway.