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Mike Cohn06/20/11
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Estimating Non-Functional Requirements

A few weeks back I promised someone I would blog about the unique challenges of estimating non-functional requirements. First, let’s remember that a non-functional requirement is a requirement that is more about the state of being of the system than about...

Marc Löffler06/20/11
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7 Agile Sins

There are still a lot of people out there who believe, that agile methods are the silver bullet to all their problems. This leads us to the 7 agile sins, that I collected in this post.

Giorgio Sironi06/20/11
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Inline Temp

Inline Temp is a refactoring whose purpose is to substitute a temporary variable with the expression that was used to calculate it or access its value.

Mark Needham06/19/11
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Coding: Tools/Techniques influence the way we work

Dave Astels mentions in his BDD paper that the way we use language influences the way that we write code, quoting the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis “there is a systematic relationship between the grammatical categories of the language a person speaks and how that...

Ashod Nakashian06/18/11
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The Second Law of Optimization

By now everybody and their screensaver have heard the Optimization Mantra: Don’t Do It!

Esther Derby 06/17/11
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Empowering Leadership

Some pundits proclaim that leadership rests on charisma, the ability to create a vision, or “presence.” Teams do need a vision and a compelling goal.  But to teams need one charismatic leader? No.Teams need leaders of a different sort. Teams need...

Sean Mchugh06/17/11
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The First Scrum Sprint is Going to Suck

If you’re new to Scrum then we need to get something out of the way. Your first sprint in scrum is going to suck. That’s the bad news, the good news is that your probably switching to Scrum because whatever your doing right now also sucks so you won’t...

Israel Gat06/17/11
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And Now the Bottle-neck is in Operations

In his Agile Austin presentation, colleague and friend Michael Cote discussed velocity in Agile development vis-a-vis velocity in IT operations. To quote Cote:

Mark Needham06/17/11
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Fedora: Recovering from the IntelliJ ‘Ctrl-Alt-F7′

We’re using Fedora on our local developer work stations and some of the default key bindings of the operating system seem to conflict with ones provided by IntelliJ IDEA. One particular amusing one is ‘Ctrl-Alt-F7′ which you use in IntelliJ to see the...

Julian Holmes06/17/11
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“I want to run an agile project”

Prologue As the value of Agile practices becomes more understood, brave project managers are beginning to challenge the normal practices of the organisation and request the opportunity to take a more Agile approach.

James Shore06/17/11
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Let's Play TDD #115: Wrapping Up the Icon Spike

The source code for this episode is available here. Visit the Let's Play archive for more episodes! Many thanks to Danny Jones for figuring out the HD Youtube embed code. 

Andrew Phillips06/17/11
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Deployment is the new build (part 3)

Earlier this year, I was invited to present a talk at Devopsdays Boston about deployment as the new build: how deployments are carried out now, how they will need to adapt in a more virtualized, on-demand application landscape and what fundamental...

Artem Marchenko06/16/11
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Agile Eastern Europe 2011. A unique conference and a unique marketing opportunity

As some of you may know, I used to go to quite many Agile conferences from relatively academic XP20XX to pretty-much industrial Agile20XX.

Sean Mchugh06/16/11
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Implementing Scrum: Top Down and Bottom Up Approach

This is going to be the first of two articles discussing the top down approach (Executive decides that the team should use Scrum) and the bottom up approach (the Team decides that they should use Scrum). Both introduce interesting problems, so they're both...