to find a stable state that included TDD. Practicing TDD was suddenly very easy.
I think the message is clear: when teams seem to be stuck in their (bad) behavior, try to change the environment, not the team. There’s a good chance the behavior will then change all by itself.
This article is an adaptation from a text out of the book “Management 3.0: Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders,” by Jurgen Appelo. The book will be published by Addison-Wesley, in Mike Cohn’s Signature Series, and will be available in book stores near the end of 2010.
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