Are You Suffering From Versusitis?
Versusitis is a debilitating disease that afflicts a
large number of IT professionals. The symptoms of versusitis
Versusitis reduces your effectiveness as an IT professional because it inhibits you from seeing the shades of gray that exist between the extremes of black and white. For example, many organizations have adopted Scrum's daily stand-up meetings and its philosophy about managing requirements, but have given up on Scrum's concept of product owner due to scalability concerns. As a result they've needlessly lost out on the potential benefit of these techniques.
The cure for versusitis is to become more flexible in your thinking. You must recognize that that the real world is in fact analog although as technologists we work in a binary world of zeros and ones. In particular, recognize that when it comes to soft issues such as process, there are no absolutes, and you must find the sweet spot between the extremes. For example some people realize that they can leverage agile techniques within a CMMI environment because they can prove compatible in practice. The point is that the religious fervor that we often see around process-related subjects rarely helps people to understand and identify how they can successfully benefit from new ideas.
Remember the old saying: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. People who either are, or are working on becoming, generalizing specialists, appear to be innocculated against versusitis, apparently because of their greater range of experience and willingness to learn new skills.
By working together, we can stamp out versusitis forever!
We actively work with clients around the world to improve their information technology (IT) practices, typically in the role of mentor/coach, team lead, or trainer. A full description of what we do, and how to contact us, can be found at Scott W. Ambler + Associates.
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