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Mike Cottmeyer08/12/10
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How to Own a Really Big Complex Product

Hey folks... here is the deck I am doing this morning at Agile2010. I am pretty excited to do this talk... I finally feel like I've got the slide sequence and story right. It's amazing what a good night sleep will do for you! My talk is in E-2 on the...

Mitch Pronschinske08/11/10
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Do Developers Have Enough Time to Keep Their Skills Up-To-Date?

Over half of the developers polled in a recent survey by Embarcadero Technologies say "no," they don't have enough time to learn that new language, or understand that new technology.  On the other hand, developers are getting more money, but are...

Jared Richardson08/11/10
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Agile 2010: A View from the Ground

I've spent the week at Agile 2010 and it's been great. You know you're at a great event when you can walk down the hallway and see Martin Fowler, Bob Martin, Mike Cohn, Esther Derby, Johanna Rothman, Lisa Crispin, Jeffery Fredrick, JB Rainsberger, Bob Payne,...

Mitch Pronschinske08/11/10
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Make Mobile Apps 'Go'

For medium to large mobile development shops, applications need to roll out like clockwork.  Although the screens are smaller, the development is by no means less difficult.  Because of this, the need for agile practices in mobile development is just as...

Giorgio Sironi08/11/10
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The buzzword glossary

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.  -- Inigo Montoya

Peter Schuh08/11/10
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Plan and Ignore

For some this is a heinous anti-practice. For others it’s standard operating procedure. Either way it’s the fast track to project ruin. Plan and Ignore is the practice of quickly drafting a project plan (typically to satisfy an external demand;...

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...