Linda Rising is an expert in the field of Agile Software Development . Agile software development refers to a group of software development methodologies based on iterative development, where requirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing cross-functional teams. The term was coined in the year 2001 when the Agile Manifesto was formulated. Linda Rising has coauthored a book called “Fearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New Ideas” with Mary-Lynn Manns.She explains about how she got excited with the activities of the brain and the social rituals of the ape while she worked on her book. She says that how exciting it is to talk about various agile methodologies but the problem always see in implementing them on how it is very tough in telling and convincing people who struggle to make deadlines about ideas like pair programming or test driven development.
She assumes that it is a matter of logic.If she considers herself a logical person and the people in her team to be all logical then the best way to implement anything would be to outline the logical reason behind its implementation and how it will work out. This is very successful she points out . Most of the time people actually do not think logical and this makes it hard in implementing ideas. She tells that it is the unconscious part of the brain that has vast processing capabilities and the conscious is much like a monitor whereas the unconscious is much like the CPU in analogous terms.
In her own words she says that “We shouldn’t struggle logically and try to introspect looking for solutions”. when she spoke about the social behavior of Chimps and Bonabos in understanding agile Developmnet Methods and why it worked this is what she had to say.”he talk that I gave here might have seemed to some people a little frivolous. I was talking about chimpanzees and bonobos. What I was trying to point out is evolutionary roots for a lot of things that our brains are hardwired to do. And when we considered the success of Agile development, I think we have to look at those evolutionary, biological roots and say: “Maybe the reasons why pair programming works so well, or the idea of keeping teams small, is that we are hardwired to perform best in that kind of environment”.