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David Bland08/19/10
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7 Ways to Humanize the Distributed Team Experience

If you are involved in a distributed software team, chances are you know just how difficult it is to create personal connections. This is especially true in larger organizations where team members are geographically dispersed around the world and rarely...

Jared Richardson08/18/10
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Planning Meetings Are Essential

Planning meetings, done right, are one of the best communication tools your team can use. It gets the right people in the room and forces the discussion down the right paths. If you skip this meeting, you're asking for trouble.What does it mean to do a...

Lyssa Adkins08/18/10
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Navigating the Five Levels of Conflict - The Agile Way

Working together day after day is an intense human experience, with all the glories and warts that emerge from constant interaction between these astonishing, disappointing, challenging, infuriating, magnificent, normal human beings we call team...

Mitch Pronschinske08/18/10
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Reviving Any Level of Logs in ReplayDirector

A new development in the DevOps domain arrived this week in the continuous application monitoring, defect resolution solution called ReplayDirector.  Touted as the 'DVR of Software Production', ReplayDirector solves the "needle in a haystack"...

Mark Needham08/18/10
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Database configuration: Just like any other change

I've been flicking through Continuous Deployment and one section early on about changing configuration information in our applications particularly caught my eye:

Michael Sahota08/18/10
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Video on why Scrum and Kanban are both good

At Agile Coach Camp North Carolina, I had the opportunity to give a lightning talk on Kanban on my posts:

German Viscuso08/17/10
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Agile Product Management with Scrum

Short but sweet, "Agile Product Management with Scrum" by Roman Pichler feels more like a tip guide to Product Owners (a critical role defined in "Scrum", a popular framework for...

Lyndsey Clevesy08/17/10
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Measuring Agile: Metrics, Analytics, and Reporting

Most agile adopters are using the basic metrics such as burn downs (sprint or project) and velocity.  Teams experimenting with other methodologies are using...

Mike Cottmeyer08/17/10
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You Need a Static Organizational Model

Okay... I want to make an assertion here. In order for agile to work, you've got to understand the static organizational model for your company. Why? If you are organizing around things that are transient, like projects, you are doomed to fail. Agile...

Peter Schuh08/17/10
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Can We Adopt Agile? Not Yes.

Andrew Wicklander over at Ideal Project Group has a great post on the answer “not yes.”  I hear this answer an awful lot when taking teams agile (or more agile). “Not yes” is the answer you hear when you request permission to do something that’s...

Nitin Bharti08/16/10
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eXtreme Programming in Practice

Extreme programming sounds a little too "ESPN2" for most managers, but there is a lot of sound engineering behind its principles. In this...

Allan Kelly08/16/10
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Two ways to fill an iteration

The fixed length iteration is a key part of most Agile methods. But the question is: how do you know what (i.e. how much) to put in the iteration?There are two ways to determine how much is enough but what might be less obvious is that they are...

Matt Stine08/15/10
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Guerilla Continuous Integration

Welcome to episode six 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.

Jon Davis08/13/10
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Hate To Break It To You, But The Browser Is A Tier

“3-tier architecture”. Those words sounded like hogwash to me as I sat in my cubicle 13 years ago, and they still sound the same to me now. The reason for this is mainly because I haven’t ever actually seen a 3-tier architecture. I have only seen...

Adam Leggett08/13/10
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Continuous Integration for Agile Project Managers (Part 3)

In part 1 of this series, I hopefully provided you with an introduction to Continuous Integration (CI) and an overview of the building blocks of the CI process. With part two, we introduced the concept of a CI life-cycle and how to bind software quality...