e-Talk Radio: Extreme Programming, 1 February 2001


Quality Plus Technologies e-Talk! with Carol Dekkers as soon as we get back from this short break.

Hi, welcome back to Quality Plus e-Talk! This week we're having what I would call the essence of a virtual interview. This is, when we're in computers, I know that technology is never fool-proof, and people are never fool-proof, and one of the things that I've realized is that today we're really taking an interview to the "extreme," and we're having a virtual interview. So I guess that's something a little bit interesting, and as a host, it's very challenging. It's something that I have to learn, gee, what if my guests don't phone in? So we're going to talk about Kent Beck and Ward Cunningham, rather than with them, but that's okay. And I have a caller. Danny?

Caller: Yes.

Carol: You had a question for me.

Caller: Right. I've been reading some about extreme programming, and it strikes me that the different elements of it don't seem to be really closely related. And some of them are more controversial than others. So you'll talk about the pair programming. I personally think that's a good idea. But some people will kind of shy away from that, the idea of putting everybody in a room together with no walls and all of that, you know, certainly goes against the idea of peopleware and giving them their own office. So some people might want to reject some parts of it. And is that okay? Can you pick up some pieces of it and call that extreme programming or call that a good thing to do?

Carol: Well, one of the things I think that's a very good question. And I think that with backgrounds of engineers, computer scientists, by and large, and then two-year degrees, and we've

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