I unwittingly conducted an experiment last week when I posted details of my Excel TDD example to both the ScrumDevelopment & TestDrivenDevelopment yahoo lists. I learned something that suprised me.
Lesson: not every agilist wants to “sell” agile.
The TDD Excel example is, I think, a great way of demonstrating TDD to influential people that might not otherwise try it – people like managers, students, and me. I thought it would get quite a reaction. True, Alistair Cockburn, everyones favourite guru, described my suggestion as “Very Nice” and “Phlip”, the moderator on the TDD list, described my email to that list as “way cool” and he renamed my post “Thinking outside the TDD demo box”. But otherwise, there was very little response.
Not that I’m complaining. I just learned something that suprised me. Just because I want to “sell agile” and convert the uncoverted, it doesn’t mean that everyone else does. Other’s are happy to live agile, and breath agile, and do agile.