I'm not a great programmer; I'm just a good programmer with great habits.

— Kent Beck

The most tempting Kent Beck quotes that will transform you to a better person

The business changes. The technology changes. The team changes. The team members change. The problem isn't change, per se, because change is going to happen; the problem, rather, is the inability to cope with change when it comes.

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Optimism is an occupational hazard of programming; feedback is the treatment.

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Testing is not the point. The point is about responsibility.

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Responsible Development is the style of development I aspire to now.

It can be summarized by answering the question, How would I develop if it were my money? I'm amazed how many theoretical arguments evaporate when faced with this question.

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Listening, Testing, Coding, Designing.

That's all there is to software. Anyone who tells you different is selling something.

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How good the design is doesn't matter near as much as whether the design is getting better or worse. If it is getting better, day by day, I can live with it forever. If it is getting worse, I will die.

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Learning research tells us that the time lag from experiment to feedback is critical.

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I mean, source code in files; how quaint, how seventies!

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The community isn't nearly as afraid as it thinks it is.

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I don't like the feeling, but I've got to say that a little fear makes me a more focused, more responsible programmer.

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Responsible Development shares many practices with XP but the roots are different. Responsible Development's values are honesty, transparency, accountability and responsibility. These lead me to pairing, test-first, incremental design, continuous integration and so on because they support the values.

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I tell people to start implementing when they are pretty sure there aren't more important stories out there. An iteration's worth of data is worth months of speculation.

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About Kent Beck

Quotes 21 sayings
Profession Software Engineer
Birthday 1961

Make it work, make it right, make it fast.

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The system metaphor is a story that everyone--customers, programmers, and managers--can tell about how the system works.

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Of the four project development variables - scope, cost, time and quality - quality isn't really a free variable. The only possible values are "excellent" and "insanely excellent", depending on whether lives are at stake.

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A plan is an example of what could happen, not a prediction of what will happen.

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Sometimes the problem has to mature before the solution can mature.

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If testing costs more than not testing, then don't test.

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I've known people who have not mastered their tools who are good programmers, but not a tool master who remained a mediocre programmer.

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If you're having trouble succeeding, fail.

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