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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...

Michael Sahota03/02/11
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Shhh! Agile Failures (in the large)

Agile failure is a sensitive topic but one that we as a community need to talk about in order to build a brighter future together. In this post, I will share some observations that came out of an informal session that took place over an extended...

Dennis Doomen03/02/11
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ALM Practices Part 2: Peer Reviews

What is it? A formal review of all code and artifacts related to a requirement or task by another person than the original developer. Rework because of review comments must be revalidated afterwards. Why would you do that?

Giorgio Sironi03/02/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Test Double

The Test Double pattern is the key to testing in isolation: not only isolation from other objects, but also from the network, the file system, the database, time(), rand() and everything else you're going to normally integrate in your application.

Michael Sahota03/02/11
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Red Pill, Blue Pill & Ugly Transition Realities

A critical predictor of success I have seen in Agile transitions is how people define reality. Let’s face it, if you are running Scrum well, then there will be all sorts of ugly problems that pop out of the woodwork: decaying technical infrastructure,...

Mitch Pronschinske03/01/11
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Win a FREE eBook Copy of "Azure in Action"

This week, when you download the "Cloud Computing with Windows Azure Platform" Refcard, you automatically have a shot at winning an even bigger prize... a free ebook copy of Manning's Azure in Action! 

Dennis Doomen03/01/11
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ALM Development Practices Part 1: An Introduction

As part of my many assignments, I’m compiling a bunch of Application Lifecycle Management practices into a set of development guidelines for bootstrapping our internal projects using Team Foundation Server. I’ve decided to share these with the...

Peter Schuh03/01/11
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A Project Manager’s Acid Test: Fund Your Own Product

Do you think you are a rockstar project manager? Can you roll out an agile process and leap the tangle of legacy waterfall hurdles without breaking a sweat? Can you walk unaided from a fight club thronged with hackers, cowboy coders, support junkies and...

Michael Sahota03/01/11
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5 Ways Scrum Creates Safety: Why One CSC Uses Scrum and XP Together to Avoid XP Risks

Scrum contains a set of practices distinct from XP that are intended to enhance project safety. The Scrum framework is simple and intentionally incomplete. Scrum expects that teams will add in practices that are relevant to their specific context. For...