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David Bernstein01/18/11
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The TDD Zealot

On December 22, 2010 Mark Seemann published a blog post The TDD Apostate. Since then several friends and associates have sent me links to his post as if to say, “See, TDD is not all it is cracked up to be.” It is an excellent post and I agree with much...

Joshua Barnes01/18/11
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When is an assessment not an assessment?

Stemming from an internal audit finding, one of the clients I regularly work with engaged me to conduct a few project assessments.  The projects in scope would be the initial project in a series of projects (releases) each under a program.  The...

Mike Cottmeyer01/18/11
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12 Key Knowledge Areas for Agile

I think this is going to be my last 12 point list for the week. It’s not like I’m out of time or anything… the snow melted a little yesterday… but we are still pretty much iced in. We are going to brave heading out to the grocery store this...

Dror Helper01/17/11
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Why you fail with TDD

I’ve been working hard the last six months teaching my teammates about unit testing, code reviews, SOLID, SCRUM and anything else I think we can benefit from. I feel lucky – for the most part they are open minded and accept my ideas and try them...

Mike Cottmeyer01/17/11
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12 Key Barriers to Agile Transformation

So… we’ve got another snow day here in Atlanta. After getting about 7 inches Sunday night, the snow turned to freezing rain and then turned the snow on the ground into ice. Since we have no way to melt the snow… and the forecast is calling for...

Giorgio Sironi01/17/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Suite Fixture Setup

If you have a Shared Fixture you want your tests to use, there is an alternative to implementing it as a Prebuilt Fixture which is built during bootstrap. This solution ties a little more into the testing framework, but will prevent a fixture from being...

Ted Theodoropoulos01/17/11
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Technical Debt - Part 5: Governance

Corporate governance programs have taken on a much more significant focus since the latest wave of high profile corporate failures.

Mike Cottmeyer01/17/11
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12 Key Agile Thinking Tools

Well, turns out that today is toast too.  We are still iced-in with no real hope of things melting until the weekend. At this point I am hoping for a mid-week heat wave.  Probably not going to happen.  This is a totally odd feeling… being trapped in...

Ted Theodoropoulos01/16/11
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Technical Debt - Part 4: Remediation

In the first three parts of this series we discussed topics related to

Ted Theodoropoulos01/15/11
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Technical Debt - Part 3: Quantifying

There are two key components to the technical debt equation: principal and interest.  Quantifying both the principal owed and the interest payments being made are critical.  Without a complete picture of the cost of the debt, calculating the return on...

Mike Cottmeyer01/14/11
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12 Key Agile Assumptions

Last time we talked about the attributes of successful agile teams. I did that post because sometimes I think we get hung up on implementing some set specific practices, just because we think that’s what it means to be agile. My belief is that agile...

Peter Schuh01/14/11
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Make Something Awesome

We have so many things to fret over when building software: Requirements. Quality. Deadlines. Budgets. Scope creep. Dependencies. Audits. Deployment plans. Disaster recovery. Single points of failure. Other systems. Other teams. Other everything. Backouts....

Mike Cottmeyer01/14/11
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12 Keys to Success with Agile

We are having a snow day in Atlanta.  Snowmageddon they call it. Literally, everything is shutting down. We don’t do salt trucks and we don’t have snow plows, and we sure as hell don’t have any experience actually driving on snow. I guess it’s...

Ted Theodoropoulos01/14/11
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Technical Debt - Part 2: Identification

We discussed the process of defining technical debt in a

Den D.01/13/11
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So you want to get that TFS-powered project from CodePlex...

CodePlex currently hosts 19845 projects. If you've used CodePlex before, then you probably know that you can get the pre-built library/executable/package if such is provided by the developer. But you can also download the source code. There are a couple of...