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Jim Highsmith05/12/11
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Scope Issues in an Agile Project

I was talking with a colleague the other day about troubles with scope management in an Agile project. She was lamenting problems that were arising with a particular client who was concerned about the progress of the delivery team. Since Agile teams use...

Robert Diana05/12/11
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A Developer’s Job Mirrors The Project Lifecycle

The topic of what is a software developer’s job comes up quite often. Obviously, they are paid to write code, but that is a very narrow definition. As a developer gets more senior, they are asked to design the various components of a system, instead of...

Patrick Debois05/12/11
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The leaning of life - History of the Silos

'Break down the silos', that is a rallying cry that you will often hear amongst devops people: the word silo in an enterprise context usually has a bad connotation. Still they keep on existing and I figure there must be good reasons for that. Maybe if we...

Jakub Holý05/11/11
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Discussion: Agile not suitable for governmental IT?

The recent article Agile will fail GovIT, says corporate lawyer is rather controversial but very valuable. Its value lays not in its claim that agile cannot work in governmental environment, something I quite disagree with, but in its presentation of how...

Mike Cottmeyer05/11/11
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Some Thoughts on Agile Planning

Agile Math The basic math of team based agile is pretty simple. You can slice it several ways, but at the end of the day, one of these three basic formulas has to hold true. It’s all about time, cost, and scope… you get to decide which two...

Martin Fowler05/11/11
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ThoughtWorks is an unusual company, which is why such a corporate-skeptic as myself has hung around for a decade here. An important feature of ThoughtWorks is that we take a broader view of our purpose than simply a commercial entity. Over the last couple...

Michael Sahota05/11/11
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Kanban is Like an Oreo Cookie

Kanban is like an Oreo Cookie: Dark Crunchy Control on the outside, but Sweet White Goodness (collaboration, cultivation and craftsmanship) on the inside!

Jez Humble05/11/11
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What DevOps Means for Enterprises

The DevOps movement only came to my attention in the final year of writing my book, Continuous Delivery. The book, based on experiences that are described by Chris Read in his earlier guest post in this series, describes principles and practices that are...

Giorgio Sironi05/11/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Transaction Rollback Teardown

Maintaining isolation of tests when they have a database as Shared Fixture is not a trivial task. An important constraint is not having the headache of keeping track what manipulations on the database has your code done; in that case the rollback may not even...

Michael Dubakov05/10/11
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Productive Meetings: 1, 3, many

Do you know how to run a really productive meeting? I don’t. I’m learning, and I run meetings with various success so far. My most recent insight is related to the size of a meeting group. Let’s evaluate various sizes and identify strong and weak...

Roman Pichler05/10/11
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The Product Vision Board

The product vision sketches the future product and acts as the shared, overarching goal. To leverage its full power, I use a product vision board. As its name suggests, the vision board is a physical pin board or whiteboard. Here is an example:

Giorgio Sironi05/10/11
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PHP UML generation from a live object graph

Sometimes you need to share a design with your colleagues. You can walk him through the code, and explain which classes and interfaces you created, but there are higher abstracted models that you can show to him to make him grasp the picture quickly.

Matthias Marschall05/10/11
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Scrum vs Continuous Deployment or why Scrum falls short for web applications

Product development needs consistency The basic idea of Scrum is to create a safe and change-free environment to enable a team to concentrate on the planned development tasks. The team plans out a sprint of typically two weeks and the idea is that they...

David Bland05/09/11
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How to Create a Burndown Chart in Google Docs

A burndown chart can be used by an agile team to track their progress against a release plan. In its simplest form, the chart consists of time on the X axis and the amount of work on the Y axis. You can choose to burn down on whatever metrics that are...

Robert Diana05/09/11
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Acknowledge Your Bias And Succeed

As is typical in the blogosphere, people will latch onto whatever topic is popular or controversial. Today, I read an interesting post from Michael Arrington regarding the responses to his investment policy. In his “Screw Them All” post, he says something...