Do you need a sofa mover or a chair mover?

I was talking to a peer of mine Tim Quinn, who I have spent the last year mentoring.  I have to say he surprised me, when one of our analyst argued about Paired Programming, Tim came up with this phrase:

“If you have to move a couch you get two people, if you have to move a chair you get one.  The assumption with most people is that software simply consist of moving chairs, where in acutallity it is an entire household.”

A tear ran down my cheek.  This phrase compliments a post I just here

About Joe Ocampo

My personal philosophy is simple: "Have a good strategy that sets the environment for success through the enablement of the whole. Be agile but with a mind towards pragmatism. Delegate to the best qualified individuals, but don’t be afraid to involve yourself in all parts of a job. Treat everyone with respect, humility, and with a genuine pursuit towards excellence." Respected business and technical leader with expertise in directing organization towards effective results driven outcomes. Proven ability to perform and communicate from both technical and business perspectives. Strong technical and business acumen developed through experience, education and training. Provides the ability to utilize technology, harness business intelligence and execute strategically by optimizing systems, tools and process. Passionate about building people, companies and software by containing cost, maximizing operational throughput and capitalize on revenue. Looks to leverage the strengths of individuals and grow the organization to their maximum potential by harnessing the power of their collective whole and deliver results. Co-Founder of
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3 Responses to Do you need a sofa mover or a chair mover?

  1. I was there in the lab when he said it and the analogy truly clicked. It was beautiful.

  2. jlockwood says:


  3. Nice. Why does this stuff always happen when I’m out sick? :)