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Robert Diana05/02/11
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As A Software Engineer, Do You Really Like Your Job?

I love how things happen. First, I ask for feedback on the blog Facebook page about what types of posts people would like to see. Someone asks for more career advice for senior level people, and then two other blog posts appear that make my job a lot...

Giorgio Sironi05/02/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Database Sandbox

We set out for doing TDD and testing everything, but then we come across an SQL query and we are puzzled. We may test some logic independently, but we're bound to touch the database in end-to-end tests or in operations which involve SQL operators, like a...

Tobias Mayer04/30/11
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Scrum Adoption #1 — The Awakening

What does it take for an organization to fundamentally change the way it works, and embrace a new way of being, in particular something as radically different as Scrum? I believe it requires an awakening, which manifests itself in three ways, interwoven...

Bob Hartman04/30/11
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New to agile? 3 ways to cut scope (and live)

The primary way I see teams release products faster is by reducing the scope of each product.  However, this can’t be done in an arbitrary fashion.  There are real business reasons for each feature request (hopefully anyway!).  Having seen teams...

Israel Gat04/30/11
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Definition: Agile Development

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 adherence (“But...

Tobias Mayer04/29/11
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Scrum and Kanban — different animals

“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...

Johanna Rothman04/29/11
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Problem Solving Requires the Right Question

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...

Dror Helper04/29/11
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3 Signs That You’ve Been Coding Too Much

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 –...

Esther Derby 04/29/11
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Collaboration: more than facilitated meetings

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...

Allan Kelly04/29/11
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Retrospective Dialogue Sheets

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...

James Sugrue04/29/11
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Prediction #1: Task-focused collaboration transforms knowledge work, starting with developers

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...

Matthias Marschall04/29/11
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2011: Time to Escape the DevOps Echo Chamber

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 wait, EVERYONE...

David Bernstein04/28/11
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Making the Right Tradeoffs

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...

Esther Derby 04/28/11
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Talk, Talk, Talk

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 most common...

Larry White04/28/11
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The universal theory of big software

“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...