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Israel Gat09/23/10
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How to Break the Vicious Cycle of Technical Debt

The dire consequences of the pressure to quickly deliver more functions and features to the market have been described in detail in various posts in this blog (see, for example, Toxic Code). Relentless pressure forces the development team to take technical...

Israel Gat09/23/10
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Making Agile Work A Good Start Point for Devops

Many of the devops posts in this blog were written from a dev perspective. Today’s guest post by Peter McGarahan examines the topic from the ops perspective. It is inspired by the following eloquent quip about change:  Assume we’re starting from...

Jared Richardson09/22/10
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Process, Agile, and Projecting: Your Way Isn't the Only Way

I remember a topic my childhood pastor would revisit from time to time: "gift projection". Without going deep into the subject, it's the tendency of people to assume that whatever giftings or callings they have are the same ones everyone else should...

Israel Gat09/22/10
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A Devops Case Study

An outline of my forthcoming Agile 2010 workshop was given in the post “A Recipe for Handling Cultural Conflicts in Devops and Beyond” earlier this week. Here is the case study around which the workshop is structured: NotHere, Inc. Case Study

James Shore09/22/10
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Let's Play TDD #9: Seeking Beauty

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Israel Gat09/22/10
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Making code reviews not suck

Not all Agile teams practice strong code reviews, but one of the original Agile practices (sort of long forgotten, it seems) of paired programming was all about code review. As such, I thought I’d cross-post these two videos going over what one RedMonk...

Giorgio Sironi09/21/10
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Why a Pomodoro helps you getting in the zone

A Frequently Asked Question about the Pomodoro Technique is the following:When I enter the zone, I get really focused and efficient: I can code a Unix implementation from scratch if you then leave me at the keyboard for a while. I don't want to be...

Mark Needham09/21/10
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Distributed Agile: Initial observations

One of the reasons I wanted to come and work for ThoughtWorks in India is that I wanted to see how a distributed agile project is run and see the ways in which it differs to one which is done co-located. I worked on a project which was distributed between...

Michael Sahota09/21/10
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Team and pair games for building collaboration

Tobias Mayer led a fun and effective session (Agile Playground) at DeepAgile where we played games for building team and collaboration.

Arnon Rotem-gal-oz09/21/10
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So do we “build” software?

phew, August is finally over – no, no because we closed xsights, not even because my wife and I had to entertain 3 kids on vacation – it was the renovation of our balcony and living room that made it a living hell. Oh well, at least it is over, and it...

Simone Chiaretta09/21/10
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First European NHibernate Day: some updates

The NHibernate Day is just 21 days from today, so I wanted to give some updates on it.

Matt Stine09/20/10
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Waste #7: Defects

Welcome to the final episode of our series "The Seven Wastes of Software Development." In episode one, we introduced the concept of eliminating waste from our software development efforts. Waste elimination can be traced all the way back to the the...

James Shore09/20/10
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Let's Play TDD #8: Cleaning Up Taxes

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Cal Evans09/20/10
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Man up! (A developer’s responsibility to their team)

Dear Reader, Regular readers know that if I have to answer a question more than once, I usually blog the answer so that I don’t have to answer it anymore. This is one of those posts. Also, I do apologize in advance to my female coder friends, the title...

Mike Cohn09/20/10
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The Problems with Estimating Business Value

I occasionally see teams that want to put an estimate of “business value” on each user story. They usually do this for either or both of two reasons: to be able to measure the amount of “business value” delivered to the organization,...