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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...

Giorgio Sironi04/28/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Test Helper

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.

Kelly Waters04/27/11
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My Ten Most Popular Posts of All Time

I haven’t done a round-up like this for ages, so I thought it was about time.  Here are my 10 most popular posts of all time:

Abby Fichtner04/27/11
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What’s Stopping You?

“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....

Esther Derby 04/27/11
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Building Trust, One Iteration at a Time

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...

Giorgio Sironi04/27/11
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The Gang of Four patterns as everyday objects

A System Metaphor is what eXtreme Programming use to describe an architecture: for example you can think of particular application as production lines, or flying planes, or other kinds of machines. A metaphor has its limits in describing a concept, but it's...