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Agile smarts

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of agile development. Turns out it might be responsible not only for great software but enhanced developer brains:

Brain research on rats suggests that voluntary pressure in the form of audacious goals taken on by high performance teams makes them produce more neuron stem cells, rewire the brain, and become smarter. Involuntary pressure, often seen on waterfall teams, reduces stem cell production and makes employees stupider.

[from Jeff Sutherland on an article in The Economist]