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Chapter 54. Change Agents > Secret Agents

Secret Agents

As in the world of politics and intrigue, not all effective agents operate in the open forum or the visible arena. Covert agents may work behind the scenes to advance a favored cause or undermine a corrupt regime. Agents of technical change who lack a mandate or legitimate sponsorship can still make a difference, but they may have to introduce better software practices on the sly or on the cheap. For the guerrilla developer in a corporate setting, this is one of those high-risk, high-payoff moves. You need to really believe in that new language or object technology or event-partitioned architecture or whatever it is you are pitching, because if you get found out too early in your technical revolution, or if you and the technology fail to deliver the goods, you may find yourself joining the ranks of the involuntary consultants.

From Software Development, Volume 3, #1, January 1995.


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