Skiing, Heart Attacks, and Software Development


Strong Projects Build Relationships
Finally, there is one huge difference between the ski story and strong software development projects. Once the helicopter left the ski slope, the ad hoc team parted, with the individuals unlikely to meet again or even to meet the man whose life they saved. Good software projects concentrate not just on the software output by the project but also on the quality of the relationships established during the project. As individuals, the project becomes a single line on a resume, but it's the quality of the relationships with which you leave the project that sets you up for successful future projects.

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Clarke Ching's picture Clarke Ching

An independent consultant and regular columnist on, Clarke Ching is a passionate advocate of agile software development and a chairman of the AgileScotland special interest group. He is the author of the book Rolling Rocks Downhill, in which he demonstrates how to use lean, quality, and agile techniques to make your projects more productive and predictable. Read more about Clarke's work at

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