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Horse-Sized Duck vs Duck-Sized Horses

Horse-Sized Duck vs Duck-Sized Horses

During Neil Gorsuch’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing a couple of weeks ago, he was asked a question frequently discussed on Reddit—would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?

We’re not here to get political, but this question got us thinking—can you really choose?

In custom software, all our problems start as horse-sized ducks. They’re big and they’re often rare. 

Fortunately, scrum helps us break big, complex issues into simple(r) duck-sized horses. So, although they’re unique, we can work through the more manageable, duck-sized issues—even if they’re things we don’t encounter every day.

In case you are curious, Neil Gorsuch didn’t really answer the question, and I’m not sure I blame him. Depending on the day, I would probably answer the question differently.

What would you choose?