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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...

John Blanco04/07/11
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Admitting Your Mistakes: An iPhone Failure Story

The software industry is like no other. As members, we accept some pretty nice salaries, but not without sacrifice. We work hard hours in front of a machine with very little human interaction (even if some of us prefer that). We routinely work extra hours...

Giorgio Sironi04/07/11
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The measures of programming

80 rows and 25 columns were the measures of one of the most popular VGA text modes in the 1980s and 90s. Today we have far more powerful graphic cards, which render several megapixels every second, on our 24" monitors.Yet I would argue that a typical...

Michael Norton04/06/11
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"Necessary" Refactoring

In a discussion on the Agile Alliance Linked In Group, Michael Moles asked how refactoring fit into the agile process.

Michael Dubakov04/06/11
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10-5: Law of Skills and Success

What is the recipe of a successful company? How to become an expert in any discipline? People are struggling to get answers to these questions. We have thousands of books full of business advice. We have terabytes of information on any subject. (I believe...

Michael Sahota04/06/11
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Problems with Agile? Check your Culture!

At XPDays Benelux last November, Pascal Van Cauwenberghe told me that his main focus is to stop companies from doing Agile. I didn’t get it then. I think I finally understand. Agile (and Kanban) from the perspective of Culture Rather than seeing Agile as...

Giorgio Sironi04/05/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Test Utility Method

One thing we can never forget is that we have to reduce duplication in test code: tests should have the same dignity as production code, and we should refactor them when necessary, protecting the investment in the test suite from rotting.The basic refactoring...

Johanna Rothman04/05/11
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Cards, Stickies, Whiteboards or Tools

Shane Hastie and I taught our Working with Geographically Agile Teams workshop last week in Sydney. One of the questions that arose is “What tool do I use with a distributed team?” That same question is on the scrumdevelopment mailing list this week.

Jurgen Appelo04/05/11
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It Takes Complexity to Handle Complexity

 A software project is a network of people, interacting together for their own purposes. We can see part of that network as the system of team members producing value, and another part of it is the environment of stakeholders consuming that value.

Steve Ciske04/05/11
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Agile with a Little Bit of Lean

I’m probably one of the biggest fans of Agile.  Not because it’s one of the hottest things going on right now in the development community.  I’m big on Agile because I’ve seen what it can do for teams and organizations first hand. ...