One of the 12 agile principles is:
“Agile processes promote sustainable development. The sponsors, developers, and users should be able to maintain a constant pace indefinitely.”
Indefinitely. Wow, that’s a long time!* How will we ever know if we’ve delivered on this principle? Well, we won’t. We’ll only know when we fail to deliver – when team members burn out. When it’s too late.
So, take a look a yourself and your team. How important is that first coffee in the morning? Or the second? Agilista, meet barista.
The first step in treating any addiction is to admit that it exists. You don’t need that caffeine. Remember the manifesto – agile processes promote sustainable pace.
Practice what you preach and say “No” to Caffeine Driven Development.
* With thanks to Douglas Adams: “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space, listen…”