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Mitch Pronschinske01/18/10
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Kanban's Not Better than Scrum, It's Just Smaller

Henrik Kniberg, an Agile & Lean coach at Crisp, has written some great blog posts that compare Scrum and Kanban.  He says it's unfortunate that most discussions comparing Scrum to Kanban are focused on trying to see which is better.  "To me, this...

Michael Dubakov01/15/10
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Tale: Deadline and Technical Debt

Once upon a time there lived a very brave and adventurous young man by the name Arthur. He lived in a large kingdom with knights and castles and an extremely cunning king who had a beautiful daughter - Caroline. She was so beautiful, that every morning birds...

Mitch Pronschinske01/14/10
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Johanna Rothman: Managing Project Priorities

In this interview, Johanna Rothman, the founder of Rothman Consulting Group, tells us about her role as chairman of the Agile 2009 conference and her...

Jack Milunsky01/14/10
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Technical stories - are they included on the backlog?

Introduction If you're not already a member of the Scrum development group on Yahoo, you really should join. There's a fortune of information changing hands and you can learn so much from the interactions. Just recently there was a huge debate on the topic of...

Kelly Waters01/13/10
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Agile Project Management Software: Poll Results

Back in September 2009, I ran a poll on what agile project management software people would recommend. I was amazed at the response - so far (Jan 2010), about 2,000 people have voted!For those that haven't been back to the poll to see the results, here they...

Lyndsey Clevesy01/12/10
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From Waterfall to Agile: An Exclusive Interview with VersionOne's Ian Culling

In this interview, Ian Culling, the CTO at VersionOne, explains how agile methodologies can be liberating for developers.  He says, "There's so many...

Mendelt Siebenga01/12/10
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The dirty secret of pair programming

Pair programming is one of the more controversial extreme programming practices. Having two people work on the same piece of code at the same time looks very unpractical and inefficient to someone not familiar with this practice.

Mitch Pronschinske01/11/10
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Perforce SCM Gains an Edge in Offline Capabilities

Today's new version release of Perforce's Software Configuration Management (SCM) system contains a new  shelving feature, real-time metadata replication, and additional functionality for working offline.  Version 2009.2 also has improved system...

James Shore01/11/10
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Why I Don't Provide Agile Certification

There's been a lot said about certification lately. I think it's a natural outgrowth of Agile's growing popularity. Unfortunately, I think it's also an outgrowth of the continued watering-down of Agile, which--if we're not careful--will lead to Agile becoming...

Hamlet D'Arcy01/11/10
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60 Second Agility: ROTI Meetings

Always in search of the absolute minimum of ceremony, my last team "discovered" a useful agile practice that takes 60 seconds from start to end: the ROTI Meeting.After every meeting, on the way out the door, draw a diagonal line on the whiteboard...

Mitch Pronschinske01/11/10
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How Kanban Got Hot - David Anderson Interview Part I

Kanban looks like it's becoming the next big trend in agile development.  With its simple, adaptive approach to work organization, Kanban's Lean approach to software development may become even more popular than Scrum.  Although Scrum is fresh and exciting,...

Mike Cottmeyer01/08/10
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The Problem with Big

I mentioned a while ago that Dennis and I were planning to blog our way through this book we are writing. We'll, over the holidays I really got serious about writing this thing, and we dropped a pretty detailed chapter outline, and almost 7000 words into...

Mitch Pronschinske01/08/10
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Enough with the Gimmicks! Let's Evolve

Mark Lines is a Co-founder of Unified Process Mentors who also works on IBM's worldwide advisory board for methods.  He's familiar with almost every flavor of agile.  "It seems like every couple of years there's a hot new methodology," said Lines...

Mitch Pronschinske01/07/10
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ADS Launches Skirmish Model for Agile

There's no single formula for agile transition.  Many agile consulting agencies aren't adaptive enough to take the organization's context into account.  In these cases, agile can feel forced and employees will resist its implementation.  Some will even...

Mike Cottmeyer01/07/10
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Who Cares About Value?

Part of our problem discussing value is that value is a pretty elusive concept. What is valuable to me might not be valuable to you. It is easy to blur the line between what might be considered a valuable contribution and something that actually adds value to...