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Sean Mchugh06/10/11
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Breaking Down the Scrum Product Backlog

You'll hear me mention this a lot because I don't think it's given enough credence elsewhere: The Product Backlog is the backbone of implementing Scrum successfully. Properly sizing the backlog items, creating good estimates, prioritization, and creating a...

Mark Needham06/10/11
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IntelliJ: Adding resources with unusual extensions onto the classpath

We’re making use of MarkLogic and therefore xquery on the project I’m currently working on and recently wanted to add our xquery setup files onto the classpath so they could be used in a test. We added them into ‘src/main/resources’ and set that as...

Esther Derby 06/10/11
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Yours, Mine, Ours: Clarifying Decision Boundaries

I recently talked to a group that’s forming a new “change leadership” team.  Part of the work of the team is improving the organization, and part is capacity building. Four of the people on the team are folks with technical backgrounds who are...

Sean Mchugh06/10/11
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Should Your Dev Team Stop Using Story Points?

Let me preface this post by saying this: I get Story Points, I understand how they work, how they should be used and the problem that they are purported to solve.

James Shore06/09/11
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Let's Play TDD #113: OverlayLayout?

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.

Abby Fichtner06/09/11
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Startup Weekend Boston

Over 130 people – half techies, half business folks – converged on Microsoft NERD

Jurgen Appelo06/09/11
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How to Change Other People

The hardest part of becoming Agile is changing the behavior of other people. (At least, that’s what people keep telling me.) Because, even when people do want to be Agile themselves, their organizations (the systems around the people) don’t always...

Israel Gat06/09/11
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Ops Driven Dev

In The Agile Flywheel, colleague Ray Riescher describes how velocity in dev drove corresponding velocity in ops:

Michael Sahota06/08/11
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Team Chartering and Agreements

Simon Roberts and Jens Korte gave a solid presentation of the how and why of team chartering. The process as they define it leads to team agreements so that there is a container for allowing the team to self-organize.  The full presentation in prezi style...

Jim Highsmith06/08/11
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Agile ALM: The Future of Delivery Automation

In the old days, you know those days when waterfall reigned and a certain 3-letter acronym product was widely used, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) systems were large, monolithic, document-centric, and universally hated by rank-and-file engineering...

Jon Archer06/08/11
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DICOM Non-Technical Introduction: Mind Map

Earlier today I went through the non-technical introduction to DICOM on the RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) website written by Steven C Horii, MD. As I was doing so I compiled a mind map using the excellent SimpleMind tool to help jog my...

Mitch Pronschinske06/08/11
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Video: Model Driven Management with Puppet

The sysadmins at Puppet Labs are less interested in the latest marketing buzzwords and more interested in the practical day-to-day issues.  In this video...

Giorgio Sironi06/08/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Dummy Object

A Dummy Object is the simplest specialization of the Test Double pattern. As always, if you want to avoid constructing the real collaborator of the System Under Test, use a Test Double: you'll get a shorter and simpler test, with the plus of isolation from...

Giorgio Sironi06/07/11
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On commits and commit messages

I confess I do not pay attention to commit messages as much as I would. It's really easy to not put care into our messages, especially when you have an habit of committing very small increments. Yet, how you perform a commit have effects on how your work is...

James Shore06/07/11
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Let's Play TDD #112: It's in the (Grid)Bag

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.