Red Squirrel Reflections
Dave Hoover explores the psychology of software development

Monday, May 31, 2004

Dale Asberry applies the concept of enmeshment to distributed software development in this blog entry on Artima. The concept of enmeshment was introduced by family therpist Salvador Minuchin. Read this brief overview of enmeshment and watch for how the concept might inform relationships in object-oriented programming. Here's a snippet with some potential:

"We're enmeshed when we use an individual for our identity, sense of value, worth, well-being, safety, purpose, and security. Instead of two people present, we become one identity."

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Check out the Agile Times
Monday, May 24, 2004

Another edition of the voluminous Agile Times newsletter has arrived. And this time it includes an article by yours truly. Feedback is most welcome.

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My first gig
Monday, May 17, 2004

I'm out at my first billable gig as a consultant. Whew, what a day! I've joined the ThoughtWorks project at DaimlerChrysler, which is a cool little project that develops this software for Chrysler dealer technicians. It's a lot different from my usual web work! Wa-hoo!

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There's no such thing as a conflict
Thursday, May 13, 2004

Laurent finished an interesting post with an interesting idea:

"Conflict is a particular form of stuckness in which two people (or two distinct "camps") each get stuck on a different intermediate solution to a larger problem that they have lost sight of."

I'm going to be on the lookout for these "larger problems" that two people in conflict are unknowingly trying to solve. If one could keep this idea in mind, it seems likely that the conflictual interaction might take a more collaborative direction.

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New Arrival
Tuesday, May 4, 2004

Our third child was born yesterday! Hello Charles Elton Hoover!

You gotta love camera phones. My brother (2000 miles away) got to see and hear Charlie within 3 minutes of his birth! This would have been nearly impossible when my daughter was born 5 years ago.

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