So the NCI Research Fellow and the PM Blogger are having beers. The Fellow turns to the Blogger and begins to describe the structure and function of viral RNAs and their interactions with proteins with a focus on the identification of new targets and the development of novel anticancer/antiviral strategies. The Fellow asks the Blogger if he had ever heard of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The blogger says no, and then received a high level summary of what PCR was. After a few beers, the the Blogger turns to the Fellow and begins to describe different methods of project managers and leaders and how they may interact differently with a team, depending on the project. The Blogger asks the Fellow if he had ever heard of Agile practices or approaches. The Fellow says no, and then received a high level summary of what Agile was.
So, that is where the joke ends. This really was not a joke. After a short discussion about fast zombies versus slow zombies, Dr. Legiewicz and I found ourselves talking shop. We talked about recent conferences we spoke at and about how things have changed in our jobs. We started our careers following one set of practices and have watched how techniques have developed, matured, and evolved.
Dr. Legiewicz stated, when PCR was developed in 1983, nobody saw its value. But, it is now a common and an often indispensable technique used in medical and biological research labs for a variety of applications. I told him that Agile techniques sound like they may take a very similar path. Being Agile just celebrated 10 years of the Manifesto, I have seen a lot of acceptance in just the last few years. Could it be that it to shall become common and an often indispensable technique used on projects for a variety of applications?
Or, did Michal and I just have too many beers?
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