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Martin Fowler05/11/11
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ThoughtWorks is an unusual company, which is why such a corporate-skeptic as myself has hung around for a decade here. An important feature of ThoughtWorks is that we take a broader view of our purpose than simply a commercial entity. Over the last couple...

Michael Sahota05/11/11
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Kanban is Like an Oreo Cookie

Kanban is like an Oreo Cookie: Dark Crunchy Control on the outside, but Sweet White Goodness (collaboration, cultivation and craftsmanship) on the inside!

Jez Humble05/11/11
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What DevOps Means for Enterprises

The DevOps movement only came to my attention in the final year of writing my book, Continuous Delivery. The book, based on experiences that are described by Chris Read in his earlier guest post in this series, describes principles and practices that are...

Giorgio Sironi05/11/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Transaction Rollback Teardown

Maintaining isolation of tests when they have a database as Shared Fixture is not a trivial task. An important constraint is not having the headache of keeping track what manipulations on the database has your code done; in that case the rollback may not even...

Michael Dubakov05/10/11
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Productive Meetings: 1, 3, many

Do you know how to run a really productive meeting? I don’t. I’m learning, and I run meetings with various success so far. My most recent insight is related to the size of a meeting group. Let’s evaluate various sizes and identify strong and weak...

Roman Pichler05/10/11
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The Product Vision Board

The product vision sketches the future product and acts as the shared, overarching goal. To leverage its full power, I use a product vision board. As its name suggests, the vision board is a physical pin board or whiteboard. Here is an example:

Giorgio Sironi05/10/11
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PHP UML generation from a live object graph

Sometimes you need to share a design with your colleagues. You can walk him through the code, and explain which classes and interfaces you created, but there are higher abstracted models that you can show to him to make him grasp the picture quickly.

Matthias Marschall05/10/11
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Scrum vs Continuous Deployment or why Scrum falls short for web applications

Product development needs consistency The basic idea of Scrum is to create a safe and change-free environment to enable a team to concentrate on the planned development tasks. The team plans out a sprint of typically two weeks and the idea is that they...

David Bland05/09/11
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How to Create a Burndown Chart in Google Docs

A burndown chart can be used by an agile team to track their progress against a release plan. In its simplest form, the chart consists of time on the X axis and the amount of work on the Y axis. You can choose to burn down on whatever metrics that are...

Robert Diana05/09/11
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Acknowledge Your Bias And Succeed

As is typical in the blogosphere, people will latch onto whatever topic is popular or controversial. Today, I read an interesting post from Michael Arrington regarding the responses to his investment policy. In his “Screw Them All” post, he says something...

Johanna Rothman05/09/11
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Plan for Murphy

It seems strange to plan for Murphy’s Law, but if you don’t plan for risks, they will happen and they will turn into disasters. Some risks you can’t plan for, but many risks you can anticipate. I plan for some typical risks: I keep a power cord in my...

Jez Humble05/09/11
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Continuous Delivery (Free Chapter): Anatomy of the Deployment Pipeline

The following is a full chapter from Jez Humble and David Farley's new book: "Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation".  You can find a link to purchase the full book in our recommended...

Giorgio Sironi05/09/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Table Truncation Teardown

It's a fact of life that you will have to executes tests which touch some kind of database, usually on a Fake database like Sqlite to boost speed. Test isolation should be preserved across test cases: a failed test may not influence subsequent ones by leaving...

Matt O'Keefe05/07/11
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DevOps.com Interview with @DEVOPS_BORAT

@DEVOPS_BORAT has exploded onto the DevOps scene as of late, via Twitter. He won Best Cloud Philospher and Best Cloud Tweet at Cloudy Awards 2011. DevOps.com is pleased to share with you this interview from DevOps.com:

Israel Gat05/07/11
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Making Agile Work Measuring Agile Success Rate the Right Way

Much has been said recently about the success/failure rate of Agile projects. In particular, a debate arose around the success rate of Scrum vis-a-vis Kanban.  For example, in a post entitled Some Day Kanban will fail 75% of the Time, colleague Jurgen...