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Exactly what it says on the tin. Apenwarr writes a long essay stealing the best ideas from various agile methodologies, such as scrum and Kanban, and compares it to how Tesla makes decisions to try to derive a better way of managing software projects. The goal isn’t anything new - “Make good decisions and stick to them” has been sound management advice for generations - but he describes a useful suite of techniques for arriving at good decisions early, and (just as importantly) sticking to them in the face of pressure to change your mind.

Apenwarr (correctly) realizes that the all software development methodologies are basically psychological hacks, and then, instead of dismissing them, engages in introspection to try to see how and why the psychological hacks work in an effort to design a better way of managing projects.


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