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I don't know what happens in Google, Facebook etc. but one thing I know - there are not mainstream companies. They are just big and successful. Mainstream companies are rather all these small and medium IT firms that make Wordpress based sites (for example).

I think many IT firms nowadays have exactly this kind of approach: programmer has to deliver code according to specifications created by designers and stakeholders. Nobody cares what programmer knows and what theory programmer is building - the most important thing is to bring hot new features and to do it quickly.

Off course one can argue that "features", "stories" or "backlog" are needed from business point of view. Okay. But how to construct theory if there is no time for thinking?

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