Waffle Making for Engineering Teams
The art of making waffles is very similar to the challenges in team software development. Things have to be prepared on time, and instructions have to be followed. The mixing and cooking seem fairly simple, but it's a repetative and unforgiving task, and in the end you have to ship.
As a one-person exercise, it's fairly easy. But when you scale things up, it gets complicated. Several people working together cannot simply "make waffles". They have to coordinate and divide up the work. And to make waffles for a lot of people, you need multiple waffle irons, mixing stations, and serving.
The challenge for a team is how to organize themselves into assembly steps. At one station, some engineers melt the butter, crack eggs, and mix things. At the same time, another group prepares the dry ingredients, measuring properly. The output of the two streams mus