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Jared Richardson05/03/10
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Are You Smart or Dumb?

What's the difference in smart and dumb? I've come to believe it's two things. How far ahead you can think into the future and how quickly you can do that thinking.When someone is playing chess, pool, or poker, their skill is determined by how many moves...

Jurgen Appelo04/30/10
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The Schizophrenia of Scrum

I sometimes get the feeling that there are two versions of Scrum. The first version is the one that says that “Scrum is not a methodology, a defined process or set of procedures. it's an open development framework.” (Jeff Sutherland) and “Scrum is a...

Eric Hagan04/29/10
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Automation in Lean Software Development

Jeffrey Fredrick is an internationally recognized CI expert and a technical evangelist at Urban Code.  In this interview, Fredrick discusses how a software...

Jared Richardson04/29/10
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Do You Like Pain?

I have a co-worker who's never happy. Never. But today it's even worse. He just lost an hour or two of his work. He was writing code that deleted a large number of files, and due to an error in the code, it deleted everything- including the script he was...

Kelly Waters04/29/10
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Agile Estimating in Scrum - Why Estimate Twice?

In my series of posts "How to Implement Scrum in 10 Easy Steps", I refer to two stages of estimating:Step 2 is how to estimate your Product Backlog.

Mitch Pronschinske04/28/10
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Kohsuke Kawaguchi Talks Hudson

This week Hudson creator Kohsuke Kawaguchi introduced his new startup, InfraDNA, which provides support and consulting for the Hudson Continuous Integration system. After nine years of employment, Kawaguchi left Oracle earlier this month in order to start his...

Eric Hagan04/28/10
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Sizing, Scoping, and Distributed Teams on AgilePlatform

Mike Jones is the VP of worldwide marketing at OutSystems.  OutSystems has been working on Agile adoption projects for seven years - mainly in companies that...

Mark Needham04/28/10
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Listening to your tests: An example

I was recently reading a blog post by Esko Luontola where he talks about the direct and indirect effects of TDD and one particularly interesting point he makes is that driving our code with a TDD approach helps to amplify the problems caused by writing...

Jurgen Appelo04/28/10
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It's Only Communication When There's Verification

One-way messages don’t count as “communication.” The traditional way of thinking of communication as “the transmission of information from one person to another” is wrong, wrote Alistair Cockburn in Agile Software Development. To explain this,...

Jared Richardson04/28/10
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Better Code on a Budget and Training for Free

There are many ways to improve your code. Some are cheap, others expensive. There are tools, processes, conferences, and metrics. There are so many different ways that we're told how to write better code. We're told in books, at conferences, in classes, and...

Eric Hagan04/27/10
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Continuous Integration and the "Cup of Coffee" Test

Paul Julius is an independent consultant who has recently worked with many companies to implement continuous integration at the enterprise level.  He also has...

Gunnar Peipman04/27/10
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Agile Database Techniques: Effective Strategies for the Agile Software Developer – Book Review

Agile development expects mind shift and developers are not the only ones who must be agile. Every chain is as strong as it’s weakest link and same goes also for development teams. Agile Database Techniques: Effective Strategies for the Agile Software...

Jared Richardson04/27/10
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Lean: Stop Drinking the Kool Aid!

Jeff Anderson wrote up his impressions from the extremely successful Lean Software and Systems Conference 2010. Jeff had a pretty good writeup and provides a bit of insight to the conference.It's a brief, but pretty good, writeup. He does more than just cite...

Steven Lott04/27/10
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Yet More Praise for Unit Tests

I can't say enough good things about TDD. But I'll try.Due to an epic failure to read the documentation (this, specifically) I couldn't get our RESTful web services to work in Apache.

Mike Cottmeyer04/27/10
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Vanilla Scrum and Multi-Team Value Streams

Okay... so what if my value stream isn't encapsulated within a single Scrum team? What do I do then? To some degree, I think it depends on how much of the value stream is outside the team. If external dependencies are the exception rather than the...