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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?

Wille Faler08/01/10
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The End of Management & Process

Job adverts often pay lip service to terms such as “must be proactive”, or “self motivated” and various other platitudes. Yet many organizations will fight vigorously to stamp out such rebellious and subversive behaviour from their new recruits...

David Bland07/30/10
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A Mirror for the Team

Alistair Cockburn once stated that Scrum is a mirror, and that organizations need to look into the Scrum mirror no matter how difficult it may be. I would take that a step further and say that the ScrumMaster is the mirror for the team.

Matt Stine07/29/10
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The Guerilla's Workflow

We're now four episodes in to 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.

Allan Kelly07/29/10
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The train metaphor of software development

I’m sitting on a train from York so it seems a good time to share my train-leaving-the-station metaphor with the world. In truth, if you’ve worked with me in the last few years, or heard me speak at a conference I may already have shared it with you. ...

Mark Needham07/29/10
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Kent Beck's Test Driven Development Screencasts

Following the recommendations of Corey Haines, Michael Guterl, James Martin and

Jared Richardson07/28/10
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Digg is Using Continuous Deployment. To Deploy to Production.

I recently stumbled across an amazing article. I've been using continuous integration for years, and I've used continuous deployment for a long time, but I've never tried this trick. The clever developers working on the very popular Digg.com site are using a...

Matt Stine07/28/10
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Feedback is the Key!

I've continually run into the same meme for the past several days, that of the absolute importance of rapid feedback to continuous improvement and sustainable success. Mark Horstman and Michael Auzenne, co-hosts of the popular "Manager Tools"...