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Crystal Clear A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams by Alistair Cockburn

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Chapter 6. Misunderstood (Common Mistakes)

You think you are using Crystal Clear, yet your project is not working. What's wrong? Crystal Clear can fail, but let's first double-check that you really are doing Crystal Clear. This chapter presents sample project situations. Some of them fulfill the intention of Crystal Clear, others violate it. The purpose here is to provide you with a personal warning system that you are or are not in tune with the intention of Clear.

Misinterpreting Crystal Clear is inevitable, no matter how many words I write. One way to help reduce the misinterpretations is to discuss specific situations and questions that have arisen.

Here are some situations I have run into. The first series indicates clear violation of Crystal ...

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