Donna and I have very different approaches to hanging out the washing. I like to take each piece of clothing individually and make sure it’s straightened, right-side-out and hung so as to minimise ironing etc. Donna likes to get the job over with as quickly as possible, and leaves the straightening and right-siding until the moment before wear.

We’re both right, of course, and we can both defend our approach as ‘agile’: Donna “decides as late as possible”, whereas I “refactor” as I go. We can each also see the problems inherent in the other’s approach: I waste time folding just-washed underwear, and Donna wastes time later unravelling it in order to get into it.

We’ve each been doing it that way for years. Probably neither of us will ever change, and there’s probably no reason to. These are simply old habits, and they do no harm. But hanging out the washing tonight made me think again about trying to persuade a HeriocProgrammer or a WaterfallManager to TestFirst or IntegrateOften…

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