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Sandro Mancuso07/01/11
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Re-drawing my own map: A new milestone

For every step you take towards mastery, your destination moves two steps further away. Embrace mastery as a lifelong endeavour.

Jim Bird07/01/11
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Lientz and Swanson on Software Maintenance

For those of us working in software development and studying it, there's a shortage of comprehensive studies to refer to, too little data that developers and managers can trust and draw useful conclusions from. Even worse, too much of the research that we...

Dror Helper07/01/11
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RTFM–the tale of ReaderWriterLockSlim

The .NET BCL (Base Class Library) is readable, easy to understand and not less important documented. This is a story on where a simple reading of documentation could have saved us from a minor bug…

Jim Highsmith07/01/11
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Feature Folly

In my executive presentations I spend a fair amount of time on the topic of Do Less, talking about how we waste an incredible amount of time and money building features that are rarely or never used. Published studies put this number at far greater than...

Matt Raible07/01/11
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Agile Hiring Book Review

While working for Time Warner Cable last year, I experienced a unique challenge: building a team of strong developers in a short amount of time.

James Shore06/30/11
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Let's Play TDD #118: Coupling vs. Complexity

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.

Esther Derby 06/30/11
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Promoting Double Loop Learning in Retrospectives

“The thinking that got us here isn’t the thinking that’s going to get us where we need to be.”  attributed to Albert Einstein I have  this niggling concern about retrospectives.

Jurgen Appelo06/30/11
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Co-Training the Management 3.0 Course

In my book I wrote that I don’t like pair programming and other activities that involve pairing up with other people to do creative things. I prefer results to be either mine or yours. I don’t seem to care about it if it’s somewhere in the middle....

Giorgio Sironi06/30/11
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Self-Initializing Fakes in PHP

Testing becomes difficult when you consider objects at the boundary of a system: databases, web services, and other integration nightmares. What we usually do is adopting some specialization of the Hexagonal architecture, where the application defines a...

James Sugrue06/30/11
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Software Build Systems: Principles and Experience

Split into four parts, this book provides a detailed insight into build systems, and how to ensure your own build process is as efficient and scalable as possible. Part One works as an introduction...

Israel Gat06/29/11
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Making Agile Work Cloud Computing Forecasts: “Cloudy” Future for Enterprise IT

In a comment on The Urgency of Now, Marcel Den Hartog discusses technology assimilation in the face of hype:

David Bernstein06/29/11
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The Scrum Excuse

“We don’t need to do <blank>, we’re doing Scrum.” I’ve heard some beginning Scrum teams say this. They think that doing Scrum is their get-out-of-jail-free card, freeing them from doing architecture, design, documentation or even thinking...

Dele Sikuade06/29/11
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The Top 10 Project Metrics to Track

Improving your business processes should not be a stop-start, big bang implementation of new ways of working, it should be a continuous process of analyzing the work you have done and identifying ways in which you might do things better in the future. If...

Sean Mchugh06/29/11
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Don't Crap in the Product Backlog

I've got news for you, if your product backlog has so many items (stories, features, bugs, back log items, call them whatever you like) that you feel the need to create a web of dependencies that you then need to visualize in a chart or use some other...

Gareth Rushgrove06/29/11
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DevOps Isn't A Methodology

I was reading Devops is a poorly executed scam and just couldn’t resist a reply. Not because of the entertaining title, but because I both agree and disagree quite strongly with parts of the post. Read it first if you haven’t already. And yes I know...