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Rob Williams10/22/10
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Coming Around to Kanban-ilism

I have always liked Lean, even though it‘s really poorly represented in the literature. The Poppendieck book was all there was for a long time, and that has some good stuff in it, but is not so great in other ways (very much written by people who‘ve...

James Sugrue10/21/10
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Have You Found Your Project In Technical Debt?

I've been reading a lot about technical debt recently where people alternate between voluntary technical debt or inadvertant debt. Without doubt, every project has some level of debt, but the important thing is how much...

Jon Archer10/21/10
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Requirements are dead. Long live requirements.

One of the first “Agile” books I read that really inspired me to change how we went about creating software was Mike Cohn’s User Stories Applied. I think it’s because, perhaps more than anything else in my career in software development, I had seen...

Giorgio Sironi10/21/10
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The unknown acronym: GRASP

Every once in a while, I find a classic How to be a better programmer post with this mantra repeate in it by a young coder:DRY! KISS! YAGNI!That's good, and I'm always approving someone that takes the first steps of a personal kaizen and starts improving...

Mark Needham10/21/10
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Distributed Agile: Physical Story Wall Still Useful

When I started working on my current project there was no physical story wall, instead the whole project was being tracked on Mingle. The current state of the Mingle story wall was sometimes visible on a shared monitor and sometimes wasn't, depending on...

Steven Lott10/20/10
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Technical Debt

Love this from Gartner. "Gartner Estimates Global 'IT Debt' to Be $500 Billion This Year, with Potential to Grow to $1 Trillion by 2015".NetworkWorld ran a quicky version of the story. Gartner: Global 'IT debt' hits $500 billion, on the way to $1...

Giorgio Sironi10/20/10
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Recorded Test

This is the first article of the new Practical PHP Testing Patterns series.This series is the natural continuation of the Practical PHP Patterns series, which applies in the PHP world the patterns presented in the original Gang of Four book, and in Fowler's...

Matt Stine10/19/10
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Automated Browser Testing: What's in Your Toolkit?

It's been awhile since we've had a good poll here on Agile Zone, so here's a question for you: What do you use for automated browser testing? I'm in the midst of preparing several talks for the upcoming Rich Web...

Mike Cottmeyer10/18/10
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The Planning Fallacy

You know... sometimes I can't help but think that us agilists create unnecessary grief for ourselves when we talk about agile to our more traditional counterparts.My friend Angeline Tan (@agilemeister) launched a Twitter campaign this week to get the Agile...

Derek Huether10/18/10
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Call Agile Whatever You Want

Last year, when a vendor was asked to submit a Statement Of Work (SOW) to address the Statement of Objectives (SOO), they came back with a very interesting presentation. Upon completing our Lessons Learned at the end of the last period of performance, we...

Matt Stine10/15/10
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On Gaelyks and Golden Hammers

I had a break in my personal speaking schedule today at NFJS in Minneapolis, MN, and I decided to attend Tim Berglund's talk on Gaelyk. Gaelyk is an extremely lightweight Groovy framework for Google App Engine (GAE). During his talk, Tim asserted that Gaelyk...

James Shore10/15/10
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Let's Play TDD #36: Pair Programming! with Rob Myers

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Jurgen Appelo10/15/10
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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...

Lyndsey Clevesy10/14/10
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What's Your Optimal Agile Team Size?

While 8-10 people is the industry standard for an agile team, and many agile consultants tend to suggest that there is an optimal team size, the truth is that...

David Bernstein10/14/10
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Agile Prototyping on a Napkin

As an agile developer I still prototype but I tend to do it differently than in the past. I now make a distinction between a prototype and a proof-of-concept. A proof-of-concept is code that verifies an approach to solving a problem. I use a...