The difficulty to concisely define the term Agile Development stems from the very nature of the Agile Manifesto:
The manifesto is a statement of values. By the very nature of
values, people share them in a loose manner. Both definition and
“Nice description. It also gives me a nice way of contrasting
Scrum and Kanban. Kanban says nothing about Roles, Artefacts or
Ceremonies, but leaves the team to self-organise what works best.
Instead, Kanban (as I describe it) suggests focussing on...
The December Harvard Business Review has an article, Is the Rookie Ready? (You
have to subscribe and pay to read the whole thing.) The story is this:
Kristen is the new project manager, reporting to Tim. The old PM left
because Tim, who’d been her...
Could there be such thing as too much coding? From time to time I get
reminded that there is more to the world than Visual Studio and
highlighted text. Below are real stories that happened to me (sometimes
more than once), causing me to ask myself –...
I’ve noticed something lately: when people write about collaboration,
they discuss facilitated meetings or affinity grouping stickynotes.
Well-run meetings that encourage participation and building consensus
are certainly valuable. Grouping stickynotes...
I’m at ACCU 2011 this week, in my lightening talk I publicly unveiled, for the first time, Retrospective Dialogue Sheets.I
have been experimenting with dialogue sheets at conferences for a few
years now. For a long time my aim has been to use them for...
This is a reposting from Mik Kersten's Tasktop Blog. Look for more predictions in this series on his blog and on Agile ZoneWith this final and belated prediction in the series, I have taken
the liberty of looking beyond 2011 speculating on the coming...
This is a guest post by Damon Edwards (@damonedwards) Click on the reference link for the full post.
DevOps is a hit! Everyone is talking about it! Everyone is
doing it! Everyone is going to meetups and conferences! Everyone…. oh
Compromises are part of life. We must make tradeoffs if we are going
to ship product but we want to make the right tradeoffs and that can
only happen when we have information to back our decisions.
Understanding good design principles and practices help us...
I wrote an article about the many ways that managers inadvertently plug the communication pipeline
(free registration required). In doing so, they deprive themselves of
the information they need to do their jobs. It reminded me of one of the
“Experience alone, without theory, teaches management nothing
about what to do to improve quality and competitive position, nor how to
do it.” W. Edwards Deming
For some people, software engineering is a solved problem and Agile
methods are the...
Duplicated test code should be factored out in a single place, like a Test Utility Method, to avoid rotting and difficulties in its maintenance. Yet sharing methods between Testcase Classes is not trivial.
“To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.” – William James
I got this quote from Michael Bungay Stanier’s book Do More Great Work. Great Work, you see, is what lights you up, it’s what makes a difference....
A while back I talked to a CEO of a contract development shop. He
wondered how Agile could help him with fixed price, fixed scope
contracts to deliver software.
Of course, the requirements that come with these contracts are never
complete or completely...