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Michael Dubakov04/11/11
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5 Reasons Why You Should Stop Estimating User Stories

1. You don’t waste time on estimation Estimation takes time. Even if you do planning poker and use story points, it still takes time. What do you do to improve estimation accuracy? You gather some data, analyze the data and discuss the results. You are...

Scott Leberknight04/11/11
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Advanced Burn Up Charts

If you've read my previous posts on the subject you know that I love agile burn up charts for managing SCRUM style projects, particularly compared to burn down charts.

Giorgio Sironi04/11/11
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We cannot avoid testing JavaScript anymore

You have to test your web application. Since the current year is 2011 and not 2002, you're going to use Ajax requests in it, and a certain amount of JavaScript code. JUnit, PHPUnit, NUnit and other frameworks perfect for server-side languages cannot directly...

Giorgio Sironi04/11/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Parameterized Test

Sometimes the mechanics of different tests are really the same, and the only thing that changes between them are input and expected output data.As an example, consider testing mathematical calculations functions, or any kind of stateless method: you invoke it...

Matthias Marschall04/11/11
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Scalarium – Manage Your Amazon EC2 Clouds With Chef

The guys from peritor, who are the creators of webistrano, created an opscode chef based cloud management solution: Scalarium. Jonathan Weiss walked me through their solution, which helps to solve the issue of installing and dynamically configuring...

Matthias Marschall04/09/11
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How Digital Agile Management Tools Make You Blind (And How A Physical Kanban Board Can Help You See Again)

We’ve been using PivotalTracker for years to manage our agile software development process. It works like a charm for us. Whenever an idea comes up, we enter it into Tracker as an Epic (no matter how rough and abstract it might be). When the time comes...

Abby Fichtner04/09/11
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Agile Leadership: Methodology Ain't Enough

A lot of people say you can’t be a good software manager without really understanding software development. But, let’s face it, people who understand software development are a dime a dozen in our industry.

Dennis Doomen04/09/11
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ALM Practices Part 4: Common Code Layout

What is it? A collection of rules stating what a block of code should look like. These may include rules on where line breaks are required, how to place parentheses, how much whitespace to put before and after those parentheses, how many spaces to use...

Martin Hinshelwood04/08/11
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My first Scrum team in the wild

Over the last year I have invested a lot in Scrum. A few months ago I was assigned to teach a two day Scrum course for which I had to build and deliver the material. The team that received the beta of the course has now just finished their first sprint!

Larry White04/08/11
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Software, Metrics and Ethics

“It’s impossible to move, to live, to operate at any level without leaving traces, bits, seemingly meaningless fragments of personal information.” William Gibson One of the themes of this site is that the lack of transparency in the development...

Michael Sahota04/08/11
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Software Craftsmanship promotes Competence Culture

The rise of anemic Scrum was noted to dismay among the Agile community and in particular by “Uncle Bob” Martin who coined the fifth Agile manifesto value of Craftsmanship over Crap(Execution). This gave rise to the much needed community of Software...

Esther Derby 04/08/11
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As Goes the Contracting, So Goes the Contract

A while back, a colleague, Susan, called to ask me for some advice. “I’ve been planning a vacation with my family for months,” she said. “And now my new client wants me on-site next week. I’d be happy to come the week after next, but they keep...

Robert Diana04/08/11
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On Product Design And Expectations

For whatever reason, more business and product design concepts have been bothering me. As is typical, Seth Godin writes a timely post that gets my brain moving. Things are different this time, this time he wrote two. His posts and my recent rant on...

Jurgen Appelo04/07/11
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People Decide, Models Inform

Reducing variety is often not the right approach when trying to handle the complexity of the world. I’m writing this text while I’m on a plane, which is operated by human beings (several pilots and stewardesses). It cannot be any different. Sometimes I...

Martin Fowler04/07/11
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Questioning Story Points

What is a Story Point ? A Story Point is a subjective unit of estimation used by Agile teams to estimate User Stories. What does a Story Point represent ? Story points represent the amount of effort required to implement a user story. Some Agilists argue...