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Steve Rogalsky01/20/13
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Agile Documentation – Part II: Guiding Questions

In this post I will list some additional guiding questions that I have found helpful when deciding on the level of documentation to include in a project.

Esther Derby 01/19/13
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Norms, Values, Working Agreements, Simple Rules

Teams build up a pattern of interaction and implicit understandings of what people can do, should do, should not do, must and must not do in various situations. It’s part of being in group of humans. Often, the patterns form without much thinking about the implications.

Steve Rogalsky01/19/13
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Agile Documentation - Part I

After spending much of their career perfecting their communication skills through MS Word, Visio and MS Project, it is natural for IT pros to wonder how projects can be successful without significant investment in documentation.

Esther Derby 01/18/13
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Resources Don’t Write Software. People Do.

Sometimes, when I hear people talking about “resources,” I ask if they mean people. Usually, they agree that they are talking about people, but the responses fall into two categories.

Michael Sahota01/18/13
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Landscape of Sustainable Engineering Practices

I want to share an infographic and related narrative that has really helped people emotionally connect with the importance and challenges of sustainable software development practices.

Allan Kelly01/18/13
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What is Agile in 2013?

I have concluded there there is no single, short, concise, answer to this question. Rather how you define Agile depends a lot on who you are and why you are asking. With that in mind there are several perspectives you might take in answering the question. The perspectives I see are….

Esther Derby 01/18/13
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Hiring for an Agile Team: 4 Reasons to Up Your Hiring Game

I’ve noticed that in many of the companies I visit–especially the big ones–the guidelines put far less rigor around hiring people for dev teams than for management roles. When hiring technical people, many of these companies take a narrow stripe approach. They look only at technical skills and domain knowledge.

Anders Abel01/17/13
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5 People You Meet on Failing Projects

While the methods of project saboteurs are similar, any project in the wild may encounter very different kinds of saboteurs. The Project Saboteur Taxonomy is an attempt to shed some light on the saboteurs in the wild.

Venkatesh Kris...01/17/13
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Is Punishment for Being Late to a Scrum a Bad Thing?

The typical practice is that late comers to the Scrum Meetings should either wear a joker cap or pay money as punishment for arriving late. However, many thought leaders believe that these practices of punishment is bad

Mitch Pronschinske01/17/13
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Managing Programs With Agile and Traditional Projects

Imagine you are transitioning to agile. You are a program manager, with a couple of agile projects, and a couple of traditional projects. How do you manage the program?

David Bernstein01/17/13
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Resistance to Change

The biggest impediment to change is a cultural one. Change means things are going to be different and human beings resist this at some level. Change requires being able to adapt and this can be difficult so as a result we tend to resist it.

Venkatesh Kris...01/16/13
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The 4 Ingredients of Building Hyper-Productive Teams

It is every leader’s dream to build hyper productive teams. Irrespective of the cultural background of teams, domain or technology being used, my own personal experiences of building hyper productive teams concur with several research papers.

John Cook01/16/13
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Management Principle from Dune

Too often we act as if every decision is weighty and permanent. Of course some decisions are weighty and permanent, but most are not. Wisdom is knowing which decisions are and which are not.

Steve Rogalsky01/16/13
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Kanban At Home

Kanban has crept from the workplace into our home. Here is a quick post to tell you how we build our board, how we use it, and the results.

Jon Archer01/15/13
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Scrum and Telecommuting - Our Experiment

Half of our scrum team already worked from home, and we wanted to see if things worked better or worse for us if the other half all worked from home too. After convincing our management to let us try this we targeted starting this in the first quarter of 2011...