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Patrick Debois05/29/11
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Provisioning Workflow - Using Vsphere and Puppet

On a recent project we explored how to further integrate puppet and Vsphere to get EC2 like provisioning, all command-line based.

Tobias Mayer05/29/11
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Scrum, enough already

Stubborn: Having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something, esp. in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so. (dictionary.com)

James Shore05/28/11
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Certification Debate with Alistair Cockburn

On Tuesday, Alistair Cockburn and I debated the merits and limitations of certification in a webcast hosted by the PMI. We had an interesting and cordial discussion and the PMI has graciously put up their recording for anyone to hear. Listen to the debate...

Johanna Rothman05/28/11
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Enticing a Program to Move to Agile

There was a question on a LinkedIn group earlier this week about a program with teams with interconnected features and how did you know when a feature was done. After all, a feature wasn’t done until all the teams were done with it. After a few more...

Larry White05/28/11
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Finding meaning in manual tests

How do you assess the overall quality of your application when you have too many manual/functional acceptance tests to run them all after every sprint?  Perhaps you’ve been working on an application for some time and want to predict when the quality...

Michael Sahota05/27/11
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Screencast – How to Make Your Culture Work with Agile

Here is a video primer of the Schneider Culture Model and how Agile, Software Craftsmanship and Kanban fit in. It is recorded in HD so you may want to use full screen and 720p resolution to see all the slides. For more information, please see Agile...

Peter Schuh05/27/11
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Development Spikes, Technical Unknowns and Fuzzy Estimates

Estimates are a fact of life for most of us. And often – while not always – they are a necessity. If I weren’t using some form of estimation on my current projects, they would be twisted up like Sherman bow ties. And on fire. This brings us to an...

Mitch Pronschinske05/27/11
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Project Management in 60 Seconds (Humor)

Project Management in a software company.  As told through the hit video game - "The Sims"

Matthias Marschall05/27/11
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Three Proven Ways To Enable a DevOps Culture

To deliver customer value rapidly, it’s important that developers and operations work together closely. There are certain traits of organizations which make it either harder or simpler for both to collaborate. In this post, I want to show you three...

Jon Archer05/26/11
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Enemies of Agility: The Dirty Dozen

Developing software is hard. Agile software development represents one way to deal with the complexity and difficulty in a manageable fashion. Arguably the best way we've figured out so far. But it's not easy, and there are many impediments on the road to...

Michael Sahota05/26/11
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Slides: Agile - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

I was thrilled when I had a chance to turn my Agile Culture Series and conclusions into a session to run at XPToronto (my local Agile user group). Slides are below. There were some interesting results that came up in the workshop component that I will...

Venkatesh Kris...05/26/11
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Funnier Ways of Implementing Agile projects

Have you observed that every company wants to be known as an Agile company (company implementing Agile methods), but no one wants to really follow Agile by the book ?. Software Project teams do a lot of Agile tweaking during the journey of...

Giorgio Sironi05/26/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Test Hook

The Test Hook pattern is, again, an option for replacing dependencies at runtime. It is a very lightweight, and as so easy to use on legacy code: it does not require you to inject anything in the production code.The pattern consists in modifying the SUT...

Mitch Pronschinske05/26/11
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Videos: State vs. Interaction Testing & Learning to Love Your Manual Testers

At the 2010 Norwegian Developer's Conference, Hadi Hariri explained state and interaction testing so that developers could use both to their full advantage when building sturdy unit tests.  At another presentation, Karianne Berg showed attendees that manual...

Robert Diana05/25/11
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Bridging The Technology Communication Gap

Throughout my career, I have been blessed with the ability to effectively translate technology issues to business users. At one point I was even told that I “explain technology to the users in a way that makes sense and does not make them feel stupid.”...