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Shame Card 2008

Our new shame card:  If you break the build somebody writes you up on Twitter where the world can mock you.

No, we don’t really do this, but… 


About Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin. Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net, StoryTeller for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net, and one of the principal developers behind FubuMVC. Jeremy's thoughts on all things software can be found at The Shade Tree Developer at http://codebetter.com/jeremymiller.
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    Thank you for the great post

  • http://blog.jagregory.com James Gregory

    The ability to joke about something like this is a sign of a great team. If you can’t see the fun in this, then your team members are probably a bit too sensitive.

  • http://overcomplified.com Kerry

    Never underestimate the power of shame in a self organizing team. It’s the same tool that makes “what I accomplished yesterday” question effective in daily scrums.

  • http://agilology.blogspot.com Jeff Tucker

    I used to use a mouse ball that we just referred to as “the ball.” If someone broke the build or something like that, we’d take “the ball” over, put it on their desk, and say “I think you may have dropped this.” They’d keep it until someone else broke the build. I would also give “the ball” to other people depending on the circumstances. It was a good tool

  • Joe

    I know this is a joke Jeremy, and I know it’s all in the sense of humor , but doesn’t this go against agile teams in the sense of not pointing the blame but trying to fix the problem?

  • IainMH

    We have ‘The Dragon of Shame’. If you break the build, The Dragon lives on your desk until someone else breaks the build.

    The toys in kinder eggs have to be useful for something…

  • http://ferventcoder.com Robz

    Nice. I still have a rabies toy for breaking the build over three weeks ago.


  • http://codebetter.com/blogs/jeremy.miller Jeremy D. Miller


    That was a joke. You understand a joke, right?

  • Greg

    It’s people like you you suck all the joy out of a room of developers.