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2008-01-15

The dark force of software development

Yes, a Jedi's strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression. The dark side of the Force, are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. Consume you, it will... as it did Obi-Wan's apprentice."
Yoda to Luke Skywalker[src]
I often return to this citation: if can be used on many aspects of life: when you know something is right but you also believe it to be harder or more complicated to adopt to. With some changes to the actual words: it could be used for describing how a test driven developers views not test driven development. Just as an example.

Starting to build up your technical debt in a software development project is also using the dark forces: fast satisfaction but at a greater cost than you could ever imagine in the long run. And being the stead fast and principle focused product owner, you're in the risk zone of being the Anakin Skywalker turning to Darth Vader. I know the dark guys wears the best costumes in the films and are the funniest. But we want to be the good guys, don't we?

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