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Chapter 54. Change Agents

One fish, making the right move at the right moment, can change the direction of an entire school. Often the successful introduction of a new tool or a better approach to version control in a software development group hinges on one or two key individuals who act as agents for change. Effective change agents come in many shapes. Some are into door-to-door sales. They'll grab you in the hall and regale you with the benefits of Java or convince you to use a library of GUI widgets or pitch the cause of clean-room programming to every manager they can corner. Others precipitate change by just doing something a lot better than the people around them, quietly demonstrating a way out of some current dilemma or simply showing that software can sometimes be delivered on time.

But the fast-talking sales approach can be self-defeating in some organizations, and the quiet efficiency of even the most brilliant software engineer may go completely unnoticed amidst the creative chaos within which some groups thrive. As in a lot of areas where technology bumps into people, tactics and style have to fit with the organizational culture to succeed. Different kinds of agents or styles of agentry may be required to bring about change in different organizations.


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