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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...

Giorgio Sironi06/16/11
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Automated code reviews for PHP

I'm exploring an approach to automated code review: it's not as precise as the human-based one, but it scales better.For example, I heard from the Ideato guys that often they get a 100K lines project to maintain, and don't know where to start analyzing it....

Jason Hull06/15/11
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Lessons from DI2E: Intelligence is About Search, Not Gathering

I just came back from the 2011 DI2E conference in Dallas, Texas and certainly left with a lot of impressions. I want to state up front that my impressions were very positive about the state of U.S. intelligence activities. We’ve come a long way since we...

Dan Pritchett06/15/11
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The Beginning of Personalization

The age of highly personal computing is emerging. Follow any major technology news source and you will hear about semantics, relevance, and intelligent agents almost daily. The emergence of tremendous compute resources is making it possible for us to...

Johanna Rothman06/15/11
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Management Myths, Not Just For Women Only

I read Putting Women First, and thought I would relate an anecdote from earlier in my career. I had just discovered, as in that morning, that I was pregnant. I hadn’t been feeling well, and was wondering why I was nauseous all the time. And where the...

Martin Harris06/15/11
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Achieving Test Driven Nirvana

Well perhaps not Nirvana then, but at least having a suitable level of test coverage. 

Giorgio Sironi06/15/11
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Inline Method

Code changes often, to accomodate new requirements or redefined ones. Sometimes a method becomes very short, or obvious; sometimes it tries to accomodate something that is not its responsibility. Eliminating unnecessary abstractions is as important as...

Marco Tedone06/14/11
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Software Engineering needs leaders, not ScrumMasters!

I recently reflected on SCRUM and the role of the ScrumMaster. We know that a ScrumMaster should act as a servant-leader; she should provide guidance but not decisions, removing impediments yet empowering the team: in a word, the ScrumMaster should act as...

Mark Needham06/14/11
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Parkinson’s Law and Iteration Zero

I’ve been thinking a bit about Parkinson’s Law recently and its’ applicability in software development. Parkinson’s law is defined as follows: Parkinson’s Law is the adage first articulated by Cyril Northcote Parkinson as the first sentence of a...

Johanna Rothman06/14/11
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Three Tips for Your Geographically Distributed Agile Teams

NOTE: This post has been taken from Johanna Rothman's terrific newsletter, "The Pragmatic Manager". Three Tips for Your Geographically Distributed Team

James Shore06/14/11
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Let's Play TDD #114: Icon Challenges

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.

Jurgen Appelo06/14/11
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Change Management 3.0

No matter how big the CEO’s desk is, an organization is not a hierarchy. It is a social network. People interact with each other across all levels. And even though delivering a software product is quite different from handing over the butter at the lunch...

Daniel Ackerson06/14/11
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State of Development: Annual Address on How We Ship Software

It’s been a while since I talked about how we develop and deploy software at my current job. It’s come a long way from the “Good Ole Days”, when cowboy coders manually FTP’d their changes to the master server and rsync came along 5 minutes later...

Giorgio Sironi06/13/11
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Extract Method

I'm starting a new series: Practical PHP Refactoring. Each article will cover one of the refactorings defined by Fowler in its classic book, applied to PHP code.Extract Method means creating a new method to contain part of the existing code: it's one of the...