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Roman Pichler08/19/11
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Roman’s Top Ten Product Backlog Tips

Using the product backlog can be challenging, and many product owners wrestle with overly long and detailed backlogs. The following ten tips bring focus to your product backlog, and help you to stay on top of it.

Dave Rooney08/18/11
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The Simplest Thing That Could Possibly Work

In April 2011 I attended the Agile Games 2011 Un-conference in Cambridge, MA.  Given it's proximity to MIT, I'd like to believe I came away smarter simply through osmosis, but time will tell. :) On the first day after Luke Hohmann's keynote, I hummed and...

Benjamin Mitchell08/18/11
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Effective decision making: avoid confusing discussions with decisions

A key to effective decision-making is to avoid confusing discussions with decisions. Discussions are important for ensuring that the widest range of information is available to make a decision, but treating a discussion as a decision is likely to lead to...

Abby Fichtner08/18/11
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10 Years Later, What’s Next For Agile?

I just got back from Agile 2011 and I have to admit, I was skeptical. It’s been 10 years since we signed the Agile Manifesto and I just had to wonder, “it’s been 10 years – why do we still need a conference on this? We get it already!”

Giorgio Sironi08/18/11
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Object Calisthenics

Calisthenics is a Greek-derived term for exercises, in the gym sense. I have object calisthenics, exercises for object-oriented programming, around for a long time and saw them as fascinating, but never got the time to try.A disclaimer: the rules used during...

Gareth Rushgrove08/18/11
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Git Pre Recieve Hook For Integrity

I’m getting married rather soon so time has been somewhat short (in a good way) for just hacking on stuff, but I’ve finally found a little bit of time to play with something I’ve been mulling over for a while. Namely a continuous deployment workflow...

Michael Mccandless08/18/11
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Your test cases should sometimes fail!

I'm an avid subscriber of the delightful weekly (sometimes) Python-URL! email, highlighting the past week's interesting discussions across the numerous Python lists. Each summary starts with the best quote from the week; here's last week's quote:

Mike Cottmeyer08/17/11
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Understanding Enterprise Agile

Based on the topics presented at the Agile 2011 conference last week, I think that we as a community might misunderstand what enterprise agile is all about. To me, enterprise agile is not about one or two teams doing agile in a gigantic company. It’s...

Allan Kelly08/17/11
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Is "Faster Better Cheaper" axiomatic in Agile?

“Faster Better Cheaper” - a cry heard often from management types! Or at least engineers think thats the sort of thing managers say. Personally I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard a manager say it but I have heard engineers say managers want...

Dror Helper08/17/11
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9 years ago…

August 2002: I’ve started  my first “real” programming job, I was an intern at Intel working side by side with intelligent and talented engineers on a performance monitoring tool for Linux. A lot has happened since, I switched a few jobs, sometimes...

Giorgio Sironi08/17/11
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Change Value to Reference

Classes derived from data have often multiple copies of equal objects lying around: there is no functional difference between them. Examples of these classes go under the name of Value Object in DDD: PhoneNumber, Color, Date.

Israel Gat08/17/11
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‘Super-Fresh’ Code

Misty Belardo published a great post/video clip on Social Media in which she describe the effect of the ‘Super-Fresh’ web on brands:

Mitch Pronschinske08/16/11
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Change on a Dime: Agile Design

This post was authored by John Anderson - a User Experience Designer and Certified Usability Analyst at Asynchrony Solutions, Inc. What does it mean to have a good experience? Think of your favorite restaurant, the interior of your car, and the software on...

Johanna Rothman08/16/11
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Failed Fast at Agile 2011, Learned a Lot

I prepare for my speaking and workshop engagements. This year, I’ve been all over the world. I’ve had a great time, and my clients and audiences have had a great time, too.

Michael Dubakov08/16/11
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TRIZ Patterns of Evolution and Software Development

I’m reading books on TRIZ and becoming enthusiastic about  its potential  for software development industry. Yes, it is not clear how to apply it directly, since TRIZ focuses on technical systems, but I believe we can apply general rules and even...