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Dan Pritchett11/15/10
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Consistency vs. Innovation

I've been pondering the problem of how does an organization achieve innovation and at the same time have some level of consistency in the patterns and components that are in use across teams. Considering the very nature of innovation is to solve existing...

Mark Needham11/15/10
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Agile: Increasing team sizes

A fairly common trend on nearly every project I've worked on is that at some stage the client will ask for more people to be added to the team in order to 'improve' the velocity. Some of the most common arguments against doing so are that it will initially...

Giorgio Sironi11/15/10
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Shared Fixture

The Shared Fixture pattern is the last of the Fixture organization patterns treated in this series. A Shared Fixture is the opposite and specular case of a Fresh Fixture: it is not recreated for each test, but all the test methods reuse the same object graph...

Matt Stine11/12/10
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Failed Metric, Failed Build?

A very interesting discussion came up this past weekend during the "Project Automation" Birds of a Feather (BOF) session at the No Fluff Just Stuff show in Reston, VA.

Israel Gat11/12/10
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Beyond Devops

Based on feedback from participants in my Agile 2010 workshop “How We Do Things Around Here In Order To Succeed,” I am planning to offer the workshop as a one-day seminar. A tentative agenda for the seminar is as follows:

Robert Diana11/12/10
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Rite of Passage or Useless Time Suck?

How do you welcome new employees? Normally, it is a rite of passage that all new developers must search some documentation and struggle with setting up their development environment. Let me state for the record that I absolutely hate this concept. I...

Israel Gat11/11/10
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The Devops Triangle

The Agile Triangles was introduced by Jim Highsmith as an antidote to the Iron Triangle. Instead of balancing development between cost, schedule and scope, the Agile Triangle strives to strike a balance between value, quality and constraints:

Mark Needham11/11/10
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Distributed Agile: Communicating big design decisions

Although we mostly split the work on my project so that there aren't too many dependencies between the teams in Chicago and Pune, there have still been some times when we've designed major parts of the code base in Pune and have needed to communicate that...

Giorgio Sironi11/11/10
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It's just like putting LEGO bricks together... Or not?

I once heard a speaker saying that Lego bricks are one of the most abused metaphor in computer science. I like this quote very much, but I also like the Lego metaphor as it is very effective in explaining patterns like Dependency Injection even to higher...

Mark Needham11/11/10
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Distributed Agile: Communicating Big Design Decisions

Although we mostly split the work on my project so that there aren't too many dependencies between the teams in Chicago and Pune, there have still been some times when we've designed major parts of the code base in Pune and have needed to communicate that...

Michael Norton11/10/10
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Code as a Cause of Project Failure

The original questionDuring the speaker panel at SCNA this past weekend, Chad Fowler (@chadfowler) asked, "How many projects fail because of the code?". Given the context, I assumed he was making the point that projects fail due to business...

Robert Diana11/10/10
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Defining Project Failure

Recently, I wrote about how software development processes do not fail, the people involved with the projects fail. The idea in that post was that the processes are rarely followed the way they are written. The parts that fail are the people adding scope...

Giorgio Sironi11/09/10
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Fresh Fixture

We are exploring the realm of fixtures, the dependencies needed for a test to run. Every test needs a fixture, even if it is only an object, the System Under Test, that must be created.When implementing the Fresh Fixture pattern, each test builds its own...

Michael Norton11/09/10
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Optimal pairing

What was all that rambling about Harmonic Mean?A while back, I posted a rambling entry about the impact of Harmonic Mean on a team's performance. The post was actually about pairing. My intention was to put a solid mathematical, albeit only...

Stephen Robillard11/08/10
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A book review of Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation

    They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and this book’s hardcover binding makes a great first impression. When was the last time you saw a...