Shipping the Prototype - Udell with another great column on why glue – and more importantly, agile glue – is so important when everything is moving lickety-split:
In a world of distributed services in constant flux, when does exploration stop? Why would you ever want to switch from a codebase that is concise, malleable, and easily maintainable to one that isn't?
Maintainability - malleability - testability. Not quite " Liberté - égalité - fraternité," but it'll do.