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    Post by Sabastian on Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:39 pm

    The fable of The Chicken and the Pig is about commitment to a project or cause.

    Story

    There are several variants as to how the Chicken and the Pig meet and the level of the relationship between the two.

    However, in every variant, the Chicken suggests that the two involve themselves in a scheme involving ham (or bacon) and eggs (some suggest a breakfast, others suggest a restaurant). In reply, the Pig always notes that, for the Chicken, only a contribution is required (as a chicken can simply lay an egg and then resume normal activities), while for the Pig a "total commitment" (or total sacrifice) is needed (as in order to make ham or bacon, the pig must be slaughtered).
    Interpretation and lessons



    This fable is commonly referenced to illustrate two types of project members: pigs, who are totally committed to the project and accountable for its outcome, and chickens, who consult on the project and are informed of its progress. By extension, a rooster, or gamecock, can be defined as a person who struts around offering uninformed, unhelpful opinions.

    A successful project needs both chickens and pigs (roosters are seen as unproductive). However, given the sacrifice required of being a pig—forswearing other projects and opportunities—they can be difficult to collect. Thus, the construction of a successful project-team must ensure that the project has sufficient "pigs" and that they are empowered to drive the project in return for committing to and taking accountability for it.
    Criticism



    The analogy has been criticized for being inappropriate. "Pig" team members are not sacrificed (literally or figuratively) in order to produce the product, and are typically not at financial or other material risk. "Chicken" team members, while perhaps not working on the code directly, are often as critical or more critical to the project than the people writing the software directly.
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    Post by Sabastian on Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:46 pm

    Communication. It's the first thing we really learn in life. The funny thing is, once we grow up, learn our words and really start talking, the harder it becomes to know what to say. Or how to ask for what we really need.



    Change; we don’t like it, we fear it, but we can't stop it from coming. We either adapt to change or we get left behind. And it hurts to grow, anybody who tells you it doesn’t is lying. But heres the truth: the more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes change is good. Oh, sometimes, change is ... everything....



    A wise man once said you can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it. What he meant is nothing comes without a price. So before you go into battle, you better decide how much you're willing to lose. Too often, going after what feels good means letting go of what you know is right, and letting someone in means abandoning the walls you've spent a lifetime building. Of course, the toughest sacrifices are the ones we don't see coming, when we don't have time to come up with a strategy ....



    There comes a point in your life, when you’re officially an adult. Suddenly, you’re old enough to vote, drink and engage in other adult activities. Suddenly, people expect you to be responsible, serious, a grown-up. We get taller, we get older. No matter how much we grow taller, grow older, we are still forever stumbling... forever wondering, forever... young.



    *MOST OF THE UNDESIRABLE PEOPLE,ELEMENTS AND INCIDENTS WE RUN INTO IN OUR LIVES CAN BE TRACED BACK TO SOME "MEA CULPA"...OUR OWN FAULT,HOWEVER MINUTE IT MAY BE...*

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