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The Programmer and the Paper Plane

2013/03/23 Leave a comment

This week at work we were visited by an agile expert who presented a workshop on agile task estimation techniques such as:

During the Planning Poker segment we were to use Fibonacci sequence poker cards to estimate a hypothetical project were the aim was to create a series of items made from folded paper including:

  • Simple helicopter
  • Paper plane
  • Decorated plane
  • bird
  • decorated bird
  • and so on…

Having made many Origami flapping birds, cranes, frogs, flowers when I was in my teens, I eagerly raised my hand when the question was asked:

“Has anyone ever made paper items before?”

Before I realised what was going on I was being passed a sheet of paper and told to make a paper airplane in front of everyone whilst being timed.  Normally I don’t like this level of attention but it was all in good fun.

I started off well, remembering to fold the paper in half but unfortunately the only design that came to mind was probably the most obvious from my early youth.  I continued to fold and crease, trying my best to keep it neat all awhile the imaginary tick-tick-tick from a stopwatch from afar encouraging me to go faster.

I kept at it till it resembled something that could fly at which point it was ready to give it its maiden flight.  I picked it up, raised it high above my head and carefully tossed it with all the grace I could muster into the boardroom skyline, only to watch it gently fall to the table in exactly the same way that feathers don’t. 😉

At which point someone said:

…and this is why developers should not test their own code!

To which we all including myself broke out in hysterics. Smile

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