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How the Agile Manifesto can apply to the database

Robert Reeves, CTO and co-founder, Datical | March 2, 2016
In 2001, a bunch of people got together and wrote a manifesto on Agile software. There were two main factors that made the output suspect. First, the fact that they even called it a manifesto. Second, the manifesto had nothing to do with software. It talked about values.

Cory Doctorow infamously wrote, “The first casualty of any battle is the plan of attack.” As mentioned earlier, to demand that DBAs or devs perform the same task the same way because “That’s the way we do it,” is a recipe for failure. To put that in very real business terms, Netflix and Uber have taught us much about the video rental and taxi industries and how to respond to change.

Given the way the Agile Manifesto has changed development for the better, it’s high time for it to impact the DBA. They can be the agents of change or be forced to change. Personally, I always prefer the former to the latter.

“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're the lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you'd better be running.”  ― Christopher McDougall, “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen”

 

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