Riffing on Wake’s cake metaphor, I wondered if people who are working in layers could be playfully coaxed to those tasty vertical slices through a theme song. Perhaps we play the song at sprint demos. You know, to fill up the space where the team normal shows working software.
Try eating only the frosting on a cake and see how quickly you develop a sweetly sick feeling. So I felt that the sweetly sick song MacArthur Park would be apropos for all layer lovers.
Listen to these lyrics:
MacArthur's Park is melting in the dark
All the sweet, green icing flowing down
Someone left the cake out in the rain
I don't think that I can take it
'Cause it took so long to bake it
And I’ll never have that recipe again, oh no
This is a 60s song so let me translate the lyrics to Agile:
The customer’s love for your product is melting
During integration your sweet, sweet tests flow from green to red
When a market storm rolls up on us, we couldn’t deliver the cake fast enough
The cake’s features are no longer valuable to our customers, and we don’t think we can take it
Takes a long time to bake a whole new cake
We missed a major market opportunity, and we’ll never have that chance again, oh no