I just had a quick Google Wave experience with Willem Odendaal and the experience of seeing the other person type was a bit weird for both of us.
Lesson to both of us: Think before you wave!
Also, I have to remind myself to not think about waves as email, or tweets or instant messages. It’s just something else! And it has a different spin on the time dimension of communication.
I suspect that Google Wave will force us to be better at the way we communicate, how we express ourselves and the relevance of the content to the conversation. I can imagine a wave growing over time that describes a story started by a domain expert with feedback from a developer and a nice cadence emerging between them. It all is in one nice wave, with playback that tells you how you got there in the first place. I wonder if this will have an influence on effectiveness of remote pairing?
I also have a feeling that if you’re a waterfall type of person, then waves will not have an impact on you. It’s all about feedback and dealing with the changes, which is at the heart of agility.
Now I just need someone to wave with to try out a slightly modified development flow.
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FYI, my wave address is ‘ironicbuddha’