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Matt Stine08/11/10
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The Seven Wastes of Software Development

Today I'd like to start a brand new series, the focus of which is the elimination of waste from our software development efforts. Waste elimination can be traced all the way back to the the mid-1900's, the birth of lean manufacturing, and the Toyota...

Mitch Pronschinske08/10/10
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Tasktop's New Agile Planner for Eclipse

You probably know about Tasktop Pro's 'Task-Driven' interface, which is a boon to developers.  The most recent version of Tasktop Pro was released in June during the Eclipse Helios GA announcement.  Today, Tasktop Technologies announced the Tasktop Agile...

Lyndsey Clevesy08/10/10
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Agile 2010 Keynote - The Last 10 Years of Agile, a Retrospective

Dave Thomas, Founder and Chairman of Bederra Research Labs, gave the keynote this morning at Agile 2010 here in Orlando, FL. He spoke on the benefits of Agile Development, practicing Lean, transitioning to Agile, and how to overcome today's challenges...

Ted Neward08/10/10
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Death to Best Practices

Can we please put the whole term “Best Practices” to rest now? Apparently, according to this link (forwarded to me by John Dietz, thanks!), the very place where it originated (or was best popularized, depending on your interpretation of history) has...

Mitch Pronschinske08/09/10
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Workspaces and Product Roadmapping Added to VersionOne's Toolbox

As agile and lean practices evolve and diversify, development tools and systems often need to become more customizable to support a team's unique workflow.  This doesn't mean just having support for different methodologies like Scrum or XP (and variations on...

Mike Cottmeyer08/09/10
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Should Agile Teams Have to Call Their Shots?

What do I look for day-one coaching an agile team? The first thing I want to know is if the team is really a team? Do they have everything (and everyone) they need to deliver an increment of working software? Do they plan together, do they work...

Mike Cohn08/06/10
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It’s Effort, Not Complexity

A client asked me last week “When will my team be done with this project?” This is probably the bazillionth time I’ve been asked that question in one way or another. I have never once been asked, “How hard will my team have to think to develop this...

Matt Stine08/05/10
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Guerilla TDD

Welcome to episode five of The Agile Guerilla series. The focus of this series of articles is to to help you introduce change, specifically moving to agility, into your organization from the grassroots level.

Jurgen Appelo08/05/10
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3 Aspects of Team Boundaries

People tend to form groups. And when a group is small enough, and has a shared purpose, we may call it a team. The concept of a team is very useful, because it is a way of identifying a number of people as one entity. In psychology they call that...

Jared Richardson08/04/10
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Defect Driven Testing: Your Ticket Out the Door at Five O'Clock

Test automation is not a controversial topic in most circles. Even developers who don't write automated tests agree it's a great idea. They just don't have time to work on it very often. The idea of having your code verified automatically sounds great, but it...

Mitch Pronschinske08/04/10
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YouTrack Adds Importing from Trac and CSV Files

After releasing YouTrack 2.0 in May, JetBrains has added more stability and bugfixes today in their release of YouTrack 2.1.  A handful of other features are new in 2.1, such as Trac and CSV file issue importing.  YouTrack 2.1 is mainly focused on importing...

Abby Fichtner08/04/10
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Pair Programming Games

Last week, Moss Colum and Laura Dean gave the Boston Software Craftsmanship group a sneak peak of their Agile 2010 Pairing Games as Intentional Practice session. And, as a bonus, we got to try the games out during our code kata. I know what you’re thinking,...

Kelly Waters08/03/10
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Agile User Stories, Themes, Epics, Features - What's The Difference?

A recent comment on one of my blog posts asked about the difference between agile user stories, themes, epics, and features, and about the relationship, or hierarchy, between these terms?Admittedly it is a bit confusing, as these phrases are often used quite...

Mitch Pronschinske08/02/10
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Explaining Kanban to Scrum Adopters

Today is the debut of our "Getting Started with Kanban for Software Development" Refcard, which should give you a better understanding of this work process technique.  Even if you've done your research on Kanban, the Refcard will still be a great...

Matt Stine08/01/10
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Yes You Kanban!

Kanban has been sweeping through the agile software development space leaving many a confused practitioner in its wake. Is it hype? Or is it a useful tool that we can add to our belts?