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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...

Giorgio Sironi03/10/11
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Eliminating duplication

The title of this article is Eliminating duplication, and when you read that I think you will have guessed I would be talking about code. Of course I will dedicate some space to code-related issues, but not only: duplication is a monster with many heads, that...

Francois Lascelles03/09/11
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Agile, Decoupled Security for Better Service Orientation

Service orientation is about agility. Without a resulting agility, there is no point of doing SOA. Unfortunately, enterprise SOA infrastructure initiatives sometimes fail in part because its security mechanisms and processes demolish any agility that was...

Giorgio Sironi03/09/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Test Spy

The concept of behavior verification consists in verifying not only the output of the System Under Test, but the calls to other components. These method calls are an output normally not visible to a caller like the test; unless he injects, instead of the real...

Stephen Forte03/08/11
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Rethinking Agile Methodologies Part I: How I started to use Scrum

In the beginning I used waterfall. There I said it. Looking back at the mid to late 1990s, I can’t believe how I ever got software developed at all! ;)

Jurgen Appelo03/07/11
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8 Reasons NOT to do an Agile Management Course

You are already running a perfect business. Why should you need an Agile Management course? So, you do software development “the Agile way”... You already have self-organizing teams practicing Scrum; you have sent some people to a ScrumMaster course;...

Evgeny Goldin03/07/11
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Maven Plugins v0.2.1 – re-written and open-sourced!

A "0.1" release of these Maven plugins back in November brought a lot of attention to the project, which showed me that other Maven developers find them as useful as I do. Later, people started to send me new suggestions and open YouTrack issues...

Mike Cohn03/07/11
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In Defense of Making Hard Changes

I’ve read a number of articles lately that make the claim that Kanban is better than Scrum because it doesn’t require a great deal of organizational change. I first came across this argument in some of David Anderson’s writings, including his:...

Giorgio Sironi03/07/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Test Stub

The problem of testing in isolation is verifying only logic contained in the System Under Test, and not also of the various composed objects at the same time. For example, we may want to verify that our view helper prints a nice form, without having to really...

James Sugrue03/04/11
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Prediction #2: ALM tools become the gateway drug for hooking developers on cloud and PaaS

This is a reposting from Mik Kersten's Tasktop Blog.  Look for more predictions in this series on his blog and on Agile Zone.

Martin Fowler03/03/11
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I commonly come across developers who are frustrated because "management want more features, they don't care about quality". I'm always sad when I hear this, because when I hear this I know that the developers, management and their customers...

Allan Kelly03/03/11
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How does Agile relate to CMM Level 5?

A question in my mail box: “How does Agile relate to CMM Level 5?”As I started to tap out the answer I thought: this might as well be a blog entry. So here it is.Think of CMM, or rather CMMI which replaced CMM about 10 years ago, as a ruler. It is a...