To be fair, I think the "negative" connotation of the word is even intended. The technique seems to be most suitable to code that won't be used for very long, hence the lack of maintenance or tests. I think it's a bit of a marketing / branding campaign to tackle a couple of issues that sometimes appear together with applications that are meant to be short-lived:
1. They are meant to be delivered quickly and cheap, but because they still have the typical hierarchy they have similar costs to not al development.
2. They are mean to be short-lived and typically replaced by some other "professionally"developed tool, but since the application works and there is good support on it the replacement is remorselessly delayed at every eventuality and the short-lived becomes long-lived (and a pain).
By developing it deliberately under anarchy (negative sense intended) to remove all the overhead of 1. and avoid temptation to do 2.
On Thursday, December 27, 2012, Karl Bennett wrote:
Russell has expressed, way better than I could, exactly what I was going to say.
It seems this has turned into an argument about how people perceive a word and unfortunately this is a word, "Anarchy", that I would say (with no proof what so ever) most people consider to be very negative. This would then cause them to instantly have a negative feeling towards this new management paradigm.
Lets take a nice contrived parallel example, what if there was a new paradigm called "Programer Socialism". I would think that something with that name would be accepted quite positively in the majority of development teams throughout the world. Except of course in the U.S where it would produce quite a different reaction :)
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