I wanted to link to this post that I recently wrote about quitting, for the Edmontonian Media Co. website that Jeff and I share. Having worked in agile for about a year and a half, I’m finally learning that half the value in most projects, web or otherwise, comes from seeing what didn’t work.
But! There is also much value in seeing what you were able to accomplish, even if you didn’t cross the finish line. Case in point, I built a Rails app that actually does stuff. It doesn’t do it well, and it isn’t scalable, DRY, or even very attractive, but I made it, by myself, and I learned a whole bunch from it. Just because it doesn’t meet the goal I set for it in my ambitious brain doesn’t mean it was a failure. I’d rather just call it Success Lite.