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Mike Cottmeyer03/29/10
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How to Build a Large Agile Organization

Okay... consider this scenario. We have a 300 person IT shop responsible for developing control systems that automate large buildings. These systems require front end developers, middleware developers, firmware developers, and hardware engineers. A...

Mitch Pronschinske03/28/10
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10 Properties of Kanban

Kanban pioneer David Anderson recently submitted a manuscript of his new book for copy editing.  The book is titled "Kanban - Successful Evolutionary Change for Technology Organizations,"  and it is the first complete and formal documentation of...

Olga Kouzina03/26/10
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Agile Tool Reviews: Trusted Content?

Yesterday Google alerted me about a review of TargetProcess  by Boris Gloger. I started reading this review and I couldn’t believe my eyes. How could Boris Gloger, such a respected Scrum trainer, overlook some important features of an agile tool he’s...

Mitch Pronschinske03/25/10
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Klocwork Beefs Up Security in Agile Source Analysis

The vulnerability analysis features in Klocwork's products were recently strengthened to align with industry and government best practices.  Klocwork is a static analysis suite for agile development projects in Java, C#, C and C++.  Their tools check for...

Brad White03/25/10
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Book Review - Leading Lean Software Development: Results Are Not the Point

My first introduction to Mary Poppendieck was her excellent The Tyranny of "The Plan” presentation given at the UK Lean Conference in December of 2009, which touches on some of the concepts...

Joshua Barnes03/25/10
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Software Development Practices Applied to Financial Modeling

The current state of the economy and its financial crisis has required organizations to put additional structure and scrutiny to financial model risk management.  There is increased stipulation for rigor and accountability from executive management,...

Mark Needham03/24/10
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TDD: Consistent test structure

While pairing with Damian we came across the fairly common situation where we'd written two different tests – one to handle the positive case and one the negative case. While tidying up the tests after we'd got them passing we noticed that the test...

Mitch Pronschinske03/23/10
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Enterprise Web Platform 5.0 Completes the JBoss Open Choice Trinity

Today at EclipseCon, Red Hat announced the general availability of the third and final piece of the JBoss Open Choice strategy.  The newly released JBoss Enterprise Web Platform 5.0 joins the JBoss Enterprise Web Server and the JBoss Enterprise Application...

Joshua Barnes03/23/10
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More On the Process for Development Outside of the IT Area

My last blog post was about the creation of a process for “development” that is outside of the IT area.  I have been contacted both directly via email (Joshua@upmentors.com) and by comment on the original post made at www.upmentors.com

Mitch Pronschinske03/22/10
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Maven Studio Announced, Oracle Commissions Sonatype For Java.net Migration

At EclipseCon this week, Jason van Zyl, the founder of Sonatype and the Apache Maven project, is unveiling the first product in Maven Enterprise Suite, a series of Maven enterprise tools to be released this year.  The new product, Maven Studio for Eclipse,...

Mitch Pronschinske03/22/10
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Skipfish: Google's New Tool to Harden Web App Security

A new open source web application security hole scanner is available from Google on the Google Code site.  The tool, named Skipfish, is similar to Nmap and Nessus because it allows web developers to test their applications for possible vulnerabilities, but...

Eric Hagan03/22/10
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Programming Paradigms; The Future of Software Development

The tool chain and the development choices have become much more complex.  In this interview, Dave Thomas gives his unique, experienced perspective on today's...

Jerry Andrews03/22/10
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Sucking Less: Checking In More Often

I'm fairly fearless when coding, which means that about once a week, I delete a huge chunk of something I should've kept, or change something into something unrecognizable, thereby inadvertently breaking a dozen unit tests. When I discover the problem,...

Mike Cottmeyer03/22/10
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Getting Started with Agile... Two of 'Who Knows'

Okay... way too big a gap between meaningful blog posts. Since it has been so long, you might want to go back and take a look at the first post in this series called "Getting Started with Agile... One of Five". There is a bit of irony here...

Julian Simpson03/18/10
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Supporting Multiple Environments

One of the longest running debates I’ve watched in the Maven community over the years, is how to best support different configurations for different deployment environments (where “deployment environment” means a QA environment or staging environment...