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David Bernstein10/07/10
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A Prototype is Not a Product

Sometimes I hear developers say that they are scared to build prototypes because their manager will make them ship it as a product. There is a big difference between a prototype and a product. A home builder wouldn’t mock up a house out of cardboard and...

Robert Diana10/07/10
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Bad Programmer, Bad Process Or Bad Education

A few articles in the past week prompted some thinking about the industry of software development. In this case, when I say software development, I am talking about developing websites, web applications, commercial software, enterprise software and almost...

David Bernstein10/07/10
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Prototyping Caveat

I am a big believer in prototyping. The quicker I can get functionality to my users the better. I often find that it helps my users visualize how to use the system I am building and often this will lead to useful feedback. However, I do have a caveat when...

Jared Richardson10/06/10
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You're a Bad Manager. Embrace It.

You manage developers and you'd like to think you're a good manager... but look at the evidence. Most, if not all, of your projects are late. Your team often delivers products riddled with bugs. Quite a few never ship at all. How can you be a good manager if...

Derek Huether10/06/10
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Using Stories on my Personal Kanban

A colleague on Twitter asked how do I break down my stories, acceptance criteria etc?  As a reference point, “stories” refer to my use of User Stories on a task board or Kanban.  It’s a method of representing requirements or scope.  In upcoming...

Giorgio Sironi10/06/10
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What you need to know about your version control system

Here's the picture: you have introduced a version control system such as Subversion or Git in your organization, and your programmers store their code in it and integrate the changesets of other in their work, using commands like svn add, svn up and svn...

Mitch Pronschinske10/05/10
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Kanbanery: First Online Kanban Solution With Live Updates

A major update to the Kanbanery project board and collaboration tool has arrived today.  Lunar Logic Polska says their tool is the first online Scrum and Kanban board solution to provide real time updates whenever someone makes a change to the board.  The...

Jurgen Appelo10/05/10
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Continuous Reflection *Before* Time Management

I recently reflected on my daily breakfast, and noticed that I didn’t really enjoy it. Swallowing two slices of bread, and one glass of juice, was just my way of getting through the morning without fainting. So I made a note to find myself more enjoyable...

Matt Stine10/04/10
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Automation for the People (because Everybody Doing It Manually Hurts)

Today I'm kicking off a new emphasis here at Agile Zone on software project automation.

Venkatesh Kris...10/04/10
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2 Minute Introduction to Lean and Kanban

Check out this SlideShare presentation which gives a very simple and animated introduction about Lean and Kanban.

Dan Pritchett10/04/10
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Sending Logs Down the Flume

I've been looking at Flume in depth and it is a very powerful and useful platform that solves several operational problems at once. And the best part is that it is surprisingly simple to use and understand.

Giorgio Sironi10/04/10
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The PHP paradigms poll results: OOP wins

After two weeks of gathering votes, the PHP paradigms poll is now closed. With 216 votes (73%), the winner paradigm in popularity is Object-Oriented Programming. The old procedural approach to PHP, which has given fame to Wordpress and Drupal, is coming to an...

Johanna Rothman10/01/10
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Managers New to Agile May Not Know What to Do

I’ve been working with several clients on their transition to agile. Yes, the technical staff needs training. Yes, they often need coaching on how to choose small chunks, estimate and commit to an iteration’s worth of work, and then to deliver that...

Israel Gat09/30/10
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Making Agile Work Why Spend the Afternoon as well on Technical Debt?

Yesterday’s post Why Spend a Whole Morning on Technical Debt? listed eight characteristics of the technical debt metric that will be discussed during the morning of October 27 when Jim Highsmith and I deliver our joint