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James Shore04/13/11
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Rabu Workflow: How Do We Get Customers to Participate?

How do we get customers to participate in Agile development? An Agile team is supposed to be able to move full speed ahead at all times, making critical product decisions when they're needed without waiting for approval or clarifications. To achieve this,...

Esther Derby 04/13/11
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Pendulum Swings and Oscillating Systems

An effective hierarchy provides enough central control for coordinated action in achieving the aim of the organization. At the same time, the hierarchy must provides enough autonomy for subsystems to function, self-organize, flourish. Yes.  But how to do...

Giorgio Sironi04/13/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Testcase Class Per Class

We have many, many tests in our suites. Each of them is a single method, starting with the 'test' prefix. But where do we put them? In several Testcase Classes.There are several alternatives for choosing how to name the Testcase Classes and how many should be...

Jurgen Appelo04/12/11
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Wasteful Product Owners?

In his recent blog post Banish “Priority” and “Prioritization” David Anderson (of Kanban fame) argues that prioritization of features by a ProductOwner is a “wasteful” act of “non-value-added” coordination. The ProductOwner role is, in his...

Mike Cottmeyer04/12/11
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Life in the Goldfish Bowl

You really don’t want to be a small animal living in the Cottmeyer house. We’ve tormented our share of Guinea Pigs, Hermit Crabs, Frogs, and Fish. We had this poor little goldfish one time that belonged to my son Daniel. The fish lived in Daniel’s...

Johanna Rothman04/12/11
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“Agile-the-Word” has Crossed the Chasm

When I lead public workshops, I ask people what their experience with with agile is. In the past, if I asked people if they were experienced with agile, their answers were reliable. Now, not so much.

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!