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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. ...

Esther Derby 04/04/11
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Curing System Blindness

I’ve been writing about seeing systems, and got to thinking about a company I did some work for a few years ago–because they were a great example of how focusing on events leads to blame and prevents people from seeing patterns. Here’s the story....

Giorgio Sironi04/03/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Named Test Suite

If you are like me and other test-infected developers, you will find more and more test classes hanging around in your suite. It will be critical to find a way to organize them and to run exactly the test you want at a certain moment, with the least possible...

Michael Dubakov04/02/11
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How We Hire Developers

Hiring is hard. It really is. There are not so many talented and smart developers in the world, but there are lots of inexperienced, boring, exhausted developers. Surprisingly, so many developers can’t even provide a decent architecture of a simple...

Esther Derby 04/02/11
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Can a team have 100 (or more) members?

I recently set aside my analog wrist watch and started wearing a runners watch. It’s accurate to the second on the face, and to a 100th of a second on the split timer. I’ve noticed that when I have a precise measure, sometimes I use it, even when...

James Ward04/01/11
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Testing Flex Apps with FlexMonkey Reloaded

Whether or not you use a tool to test your Flex apps, you are repeatedly testing your application. Doing this by hand is a pain: start the app, click through some stuff, verify the result is what you expected, makes some changes to your code and then do...

David Bernstein04/01/11
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The Enemy of the Great

They say that perfection is the enemy of the great and this is very true in software development. I used to believe that there was no such thing as the perfect design but now, after years of studying design, I think in many situations there is such a thing...