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John Cook12/10/12
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A Parable of Why Agile Methods Can Save Money

Don Reinertsen gave a great keynote address at YOW 2012 entitled The Practical Science of Batch Size. I recommend watching the video when it’s posted, probably in January. In the mean time, I want to relate one small illustration from the talk. It’s a parable of why agile methods can save money.

Johanna Rothman12/10/12
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Agile Program Management: How Will You Deliver?

What clear to me, is that if you want to be agile in your program, you need to think about delivery and deployment as soon as you start your program management work. How you deliver and release is critical.

Giorgio Sironi12/10/12
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Lessons learned from the Code Retreat

I coached at the Milan edition of the Global Day of Code Retreat on Saturday; here's what I learned during the experience.

Mitch Pronschinske12/09/12
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Data Integration vs. API Integration vs. Systems of Engagement Level Integration

The method wars are over and Agile has won. But just like any war, peace time comes with its own set of problems and issues. As Agile becomes the de-facto way teams build software the impact on the other processes and systems become widespread.

Nirav Assar12/08/12
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The Affixed List of Agile Principles

In addition to the conventional Agile Manifesto, I find that a few additional principles evolved from the agile mindset. I chose to call these The Affixed List of Agile Principles.

Steve Rothwell12/07/12
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Effective Meetings - Keeping a Record

Having planned and run an effective meeting you will want to ensure it's continued effectiveness. Keeping a record of the meeting will help should anything need to be revisited or if actions are to be followed up. Mind mapping software is particularly good at this.

Kristina Chodorow12/07/12
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Noodlin, the Brainstorming App - Humans are difficult

My web app, Noodlin, has two basic functions: 1) create notes and 2) connect them, so I tried to make it blindingly obvious how to do both in the UI. Unfortunately, when I first started telling people about it, the first feedback I got was, “how do you create a connection?”

Kristina Chodorow12/07/12
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Introducing Noodlin – A Brainstorming App

I’ve been working on a web app, Noodlin, for brainstorming online. Basically, Noodlin just lets you create notes and connect them. I’ve been using it for taking notes during meetings, figuring out who gets what for the holidays, and organizing The Definitive Guide.

Eric D. Schabell12/07/12
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JBoss BRMS Best Practices - Tips for your BPM Process Implementation Layer

I wanted to revisit the topic of best practices but then on an Intelligent, Integrated Enterprise level where we talk about getting control over your business processes with JBoss BRMS.

Gil Zilberfeld12/07/12
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What Is Agile

Agile is a mindset. It is not a goal or end state. You can't be agile because someone or something (including certificates) say so.

Willie Wheeler12/06/12
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How I Got My Kids Into Programming

At first I wasn’t having much luck. It was always me asking kid #1 whether he wanted to program, and the answer was pretty much always “no”. I started wondering whether he was really mine at all since no spawn-o-mine would answer in that way.

Steve Rogalsky12/06/12
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Celebrate Failure? Pt. 1

There were two fascinating studies that helped me understand why failure is indeed a cause for celebration. This is the first in a two part series.

Michael Norton12/05/12
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A New Agile Practice: Collaboration Contract (was Collaboration 8)

Back in April, I wrote about a practice we were experimenting with at LeanDog. I called it Collaboration 8. The intent is to figure out who are the right people to have involved in a discussion. Rather than the boss making the decision, Collaboration 8 provides a way for the team to self-select...

Andrzej Grzesik12/04/12
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Review of Presentation Patterns: Techniques for Crafting Better Presentations

Presentation Patterns is a new book about creating and delivering presentations. Authors: Neal Ford, Matthew McCullough and Nathaniel Schutta have huge speaking experience, and while they share a...

Giorgio Sironi12/03/12
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Preparing to coach with the Game of Life

Introduction to the kata and where the difficulty is.