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Mitch Pronschinske02/05/13
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DZone Links You Don't Want To Miss (2/5/13)

A bunch of lecture videos just dropped for the programming languages course at Brown University. You'll also want to check out a new tool for changing website backrounds at will. Plus, you'll hear about a powerful new JS heatmap tool, the new release of Gradle, and more.

Jurgen Appelo02/05/13
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The Flat Bonus System

Some people argue that organizations should get rid of their bonus systems. They say most of an organization’s performance is in the system, not in the people, and therefore it’s best not to differentiate between employees.

Giorgio Sironi02/04/13
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Parallel PHPUnit

What PHPUnit lacks is parallelism: tests are run one after the other, usually in the same process. This means that when you have more available resources, such as a multicore CPU, some of the computational power is not used as the PHPUnit process may reach 100% utilization while the other cores are not working at all. This is not surprising.

Michael Norton02/04/13
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Coaching Anti-Patterns: Non-Accountability

This series covers some of the (anti-)patterns I've seen among check-list agile coaches. I've been dismayed at the number of coaches who trivialize the complexity of change to check-lists and notions read from books, but never tried.

Scott Leberknight02/04/13
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Iterative Software Development, Part 5

As promised, episode 5 is all about testing. I know, it's not always the most fun part of software development, but I would argue that it still brings some very tangible benefits.

Gil Zilberfeld02/04/13
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Predictability Addiction

I’m addicted to predictability. I admit it. I want my life to flow along, according to plan. Sure there will be some minimal changes, but I can adapt.

Glenn Dejaeger02/04/13
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How to Make Scrum Fail

In this blog post I’ll enumerate things you should do if you want your Scrum project to fail. For those who don’t like failure, keep on reading the descriptions below each topic, they’ll help you to make Scrum succeed.

Mitch Pronschinske02/04/13
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DZone Links You Don't Want To Miss (2/4/13)

Apple blocks Java on Mac, AWS global transfers get cheaper, and we look into some CS trends for PhDs. Plus, Bill Gates admits that Steve Jobs was cooler.

Jurgen Appelo02/03/13
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The Bonus System

A practice that has infiltrated the western business world like a pestilence in a shanty town is the annual bonus system. The common rationale behind the bonus system is to incentivize performance. But actually, it stinks.

Anders Abel02/03/13
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Start a Scrum Project with Sprint 0

When starting up a scrum project, I often use a sprint 0 to get started. The purpose of sprint 0 is to get all the prerequisites for the first sprint planning in place.

Jeff Dickey02/02/13
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Get Your Team Telling Stories

It's still happening at Groupon today. Each week, a member from a different team gets up to give a prepared story to the group. They said it was one of the most valuable practices on their team.

Gil Zilberfeld02/02/13
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What Does A Self-Organizing Team Has To Do with Leadership?

Let’s say we’ve “conquered agile”, and the prophecy came true: we have a self-organizing team. How does leadership fit into this? What does a leader do in a self-organizing team?

Peter Pilgrim02/01/13
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Can’t Change; Won’t Change

I witnessed Agile adoption inside investment banking organizations. Sad to say, it did not happen. Instead, lip service was paid to say SCRUM, for example.

Olga Kouzina02/01/13
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Meetings Are....

You're probably familiar with the “Meetings are Toxic” maxim from the “Getting Real” book by 37 signals. I tend to agree with it. In short, meetings are huge energy drainers and productivity flow breakers, so the deal is to figure out if this energy drain is actually worth it.

Peter Schuh02/01/13
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Sometimes Help is Closer than You Think... If You Stop to Think

Thanks to the power of the inter-webs, a team that collaboratively thinks its way through tough spots, and management that is willing to back outside-the-box solutions, we were able to meet a deadline that we previously thought was impossible.