TheServerside.net has an interesting post about software factories.
Apparently someone is afraid that automation will lead to “dumb-ification”:
While that’s a great theory, what ends up happening is developers get plugged into an assembly line and are treated like battery chickens expected to squeeze our code. In our increasingly diversified platform and architecture world the software factory is as outdated as Henry Ford’s Model T assembly line, where you could have any color as long as it was black.
And then there is this other guy who believes it is an opportunity:
It explains how, by providing a simple but effective architectural framework for organizing a project, called a schema, Software Factories help their developers define better metrics, and how, by providing a framework for harvesting and reusing experience, Software Factories help their developers use metrics more effectively to improve future projects.
I’m with the last one. Software factories are an opportunity.
I can’t believe anyone still thinks we want to treat people as mindless tools. This is 2006, not 1906. And even if anyone would like to, people will not let him.