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Mike Cottmeyer01/17/11
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12 Key Agile Thinking Tools

Well, turns out that today is toast too.  We are still iced-in with no real hope of things melting until the weekend. At this point I am hoping for a mid-week heat wave.  Probably not going to happen.  This is a totally odd feeling… being trapped in...

Ted Theodoropoulos01/16/11
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Technical Debt - Part 4: Remediation

In the first three parts of this series we discussed topics related to

Ted Theodoropoulos01/15/11
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Technical Debt - Part 3: Quantifying

There are two key components to the technical debt equation: principal and interest.  Quantifying both the principal owed and the interest payments being made are critical.  Without a complete picture of the cost of the debt, calculating the return on...

Mike Cottmeyer01/14/11
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12 Key Agile Assumptions

Last time we talked about the attributes of successful agile teams. I did that post because sometimes I think we get hung up on implementing some set specific practices, just because we think that’s what it means to be agile. My belief is that agile...

Peter Schuh01/14/11
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Make Something Awesome

We have so many things to fret over when building software: Requirements. Quality. Deadlines. Budgets. Scope creep. Dependencies. Audits. Deployment plans. Disaster recovery. Single points of failure. Other systems. Other teams. Other everything. Backouts....

Mike Cottmeyer01/14/11
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12 Keys to Success with Agile

We are having a snow day in Atlanta.  Snowmageddon they call it. Literally, everything is shutting down. We don’t do salt trucks and we don’t have snow plows, and we sure as hell don’t have any experience actually driving on snow. I guess it’s...

Ted Theodoropoulos01/14/11
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Technical Debt - Part 2: Identification

We discussed the process of defining technical debt in a

Den D.01/13/11
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So you want to get that TFS-powered project from CodePlex...

CodePlex currently hosts 19845 projects. If you've used CodePlex before, then you probably know that you can get the pre-built library/executable/package if such is provided by the developer. But you can also download the source code. There are a couple of...

Mitch Pronschinske01/13/11
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Challenges in Agile Adoption: Distributed Teams and Getting Left Behind

Early agile adopters usually start with Scrum.  Everything goes well, iterations are smaller, and work becomes manageable, but somewhere along the line...

Martin Fowler01/13/11
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One of the most common cases of using a TestDouble is when you are communicating with an external service. Typically such services are being maintained by a different team, they may be subject to slow, and unreliable networks, and maybe unreliable ...

Jon Archer01/13/11
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Shouting is not an agile value

The Agile Manifesto is well known: We are uncovering better ways of developingsoftware by doing it and helping others do it.Through this work we have come to value:

J.d. Baker01/13/11
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Requirements Metadata Attributes – part 1

Recently I was asked to provide a suggested list of requirements management attributes (aka metadata) for a client.  I immediately went to my relatively new laptop and searched for the list that I had built over the last few years.  I couldn’t find it,...

Giorgio Sironi01/13/11
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TDD for algorithms: the state of the art

Uncle Bob's recent formalization of the Transformation Priority Premise may improve the ability to build an algorithm with Test-Driven Development.

Mike Cottmeyer01/12/11
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Blending Scrum and Kanban to Create an End-to-End Agile Enterprise

Here is a quick 10 minute video presentation of how I blend concepts like Epics, Features, User Stories, Story Maps, Minimally Marketable Features, Scrum, Kanban, RUP, and even traditional SDLC to create a scaleable agile enterprise portfolio framework....

Kelly Waters01/12/11
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Lean Principles #5 - Deliver Fast

Deliver Fast.  In a way, that's a funny principle to have.  I would have thought that's stating the blinking obvious!  But the reality is that it isn't.  All too often in software development, things seem to take ages.   It is common for people to...