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Kent Beck Quote: “I’m not a great programmer; I’m just a good programmer with great habits.”

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

— Kent Beck



Kent Beck Quote: “Make it work, make it right, make it fast.”

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

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “Listening, Testing, Coding, Designing. That’s all there is to software. Anyone who tells you different is selling something.”

Listening, Testing, Coding, Designing. That’s all there is to software. Anyone who tells you different is selling something.

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “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.”

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.

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “Optimism is an occupational hazard of programming; feedback is the treatment.”

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

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “I’ve known people who have not mastered their tools who are good programmers, but not a tool master who remained a mediocre programmer.”

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

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “If testing costs more than not testing, then don’t test.”

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

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “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.”

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.

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “If you’re having trouble succeeding, fail.”

If you’re having trouble succeeding, fail.

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “I mean, source code in files; how quaint, how seventies!”

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

— Kent Beck



Kent Beck Quote: “Testing is not the point. The point is about responsibility.”

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

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “I don’t like the feeling, but I’ve got to say that a little fear makes me a more focused, more responsible programmer.”

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

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “Learning research tells us that the time lag from experiment to feedback is critical...”

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

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “The system metaphor is a story that everyone – customers, programmers, and managers – can tell about how the system works.”

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

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “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.”

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.

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “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.”

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.

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “A plan is an example of what could happen, not a prediction of what will happen.”

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

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “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.”

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.

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “Sometimes the problem has to mature before the solution can mature.”

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

— Kent Beck


Kent Beck Quote: “The community isn’t nearly as afraid as it thinks it is.”

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

— Kent Beck


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