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Dennis Doomen03/17/11
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A story about User Stories; Where do you start and what about the planning?

In this multi-part post, I’m going to share my personal experiences while working with user stories for gathering, tracking and planning requirements. It currently consists out of three parts:

Giorgio Sironi03/16/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Fake Object

The purpose of a Fake Object, a kind of Test Double, is to replace a collaborator with a functional copy. While Mocks prefer a specification of the behavior to check, Fake Objects are really a simplified version of the production object they substitute.

Michael Sahota03/16/11
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Play4Agile Conference – Almost Perfect

I just realized now – a month after the conference – what it was that made Play4Agile a special, magical conference for me. Of course it’s the people, but there is more to it than that. I am writing this post in hopes of inspiring others to organize...

Michael Norton03/16/11
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Values and Beliefs

Earlier this week, Bob Marshall (@flowchainsensei) retweeted an article by Dan McCarthy on The Meaning of Respect, where he discussed respect as a value.

Jay Fields03/16/11
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Types of Technical Debt

As a developer at DRW, technical debt is often on your mind. Our front office teams work directly with their traders (often sitting directly next to them), and are exposed in real-time to their software needs. While sitting with the traders you see the...

Jurgen Appelo03/15/11
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Top 15 Systems Thinking Books

I know. I have not been very kind to systems thinking in my recent “Complexity vs. Lean” presentation. But most systems thinkers are nice and smart people, and so I will try and make up with this Top 15 of Systems Thinking Books.

Michael Sahota03/15/11
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Post-Chasm Agile Blues

Agile has crossed the chasm and things are different over here. Really different. And not so good. It feels like we have landed at Dieppe (Canadian/British Military WW2 Failure). The bad news is that there is significant failure successfully adopting Agile....

Stephen Forte03/15/11
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Rethinking Agile Methodologies Part II: Scrum, but

In the last post, we looked at how I got into Agile and Scrum. Today we will take a look at how I started to break the rules.See also:

Giorgio Sironi03/14/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Mock Object

The Test Doubles we have seen until now are rather passive: they provide predefined results or record calls, but make no decision on their own. A Mock Object instead, is more than that: it verifies if it's used correctly, by making implicit assertions on what...

Robert Diana03/14/11
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Traditional CS Education Weeding Out The Unwilling

Every once in a while, the computer science education debate appears anew. Is the curriculum too hard, is it too easy or is it even relevant to today’s business environment. Typically, nothing comes of these debates because the people doing the debating...

Mitch Pronschinske03/11/11
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Live at Cloud Connect 2011 - DZone Shares the Experience

This week DZone was on location in Silicon Valley attending the 2nd annual Cloud Connect conference.  After a strong showing in the first year, Cloud Connect really took off the second time around (a 66% increase in attendance).  Over 3,000 people showed up...

Jared Richardson03/11/11
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Top Five Ways to Transform Your Organization

The really hard part of changing an organization is changing the people, and that's not something I can tell you how to do in a blog post. However, I can tell you about five great practices that will boost your team's productivity, increase quality, and...

Michael Norton03/11/11
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Stabilizing Velocity

Have you ever been on a team where your velocity suffered wild variances? Maybe you ended up using a running average instead of yesterday's weather? Have you heard phrases like, "Well, our velocity last iteration was 3, but our average is still...

Aslam Khan03/11/11
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A Design Centric Approach to Implementing a Methodology

Implementing a new methodology is a painful exercise.  Lots change, lots break, and lots of so-called “colateral damage”.  I have tried implementing new methodologies including XP and Scrum many times.  I have also witnessed a lot of attempts by other...

Allan Kelly03/10/11
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Why Quality Most Come First & a comment on the 'System Error' report

On Monday night I presented “Why Quality Must Come First” at Skills Matter in London, the slides are now online (previous link to my website) and there is a pod-cast on the Skills Matter website. This was a revised and updated of my talk at the Agile...