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Kirk Knoernschild08/27/09
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Agile 2009: Day Three

After a great first day, day three at Agile 2009 is a wrap. I have some general observations about the conference, but I’ll save those until next week to offer an overall recap. I missed out on most of Day 2 due to a pretty full meeting schedule. I was...

Jack Milunsky08/26/09
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User Stories - Tell it like it is

At every training session I do on Agile and Scrum, there two questions that are guaranteed to be asked without fail. What are user stories? and Why are they called user stories? Most participants understand that they're some form of user requirement but 99...

Justin Sargent08/26/09
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ThoughtWorks and Tasktop join to integrate with Eclipse

ThoughtWorks Studios and Tasktop Technologies announced the ThoughtWorks Adaptive ALM Connector. Set for release with Tasktop Pro in October, the connector will help streamline software development by providing direct access to ThoughtWorks Studios' products...

Justin Sargent08/25/09
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Rally Releases New Agile ALM System

Rally Software, a producer of agile application lifecycle management software, will announce the third generation of its Agile ALM system, Rally Release 2009.4. The new Rally technology features an ALM data warehouse in the cloud, Rally officials said. Rally...

Kirk Knoernschild08/25/09
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Stars & Craftsmanship

The first day of Agile 2009 is in the books. While it’s great that the conference is packed with amazing sessions, it also means that it’s not possible to take it all in. Today’s highlights for myself included Programming with the Stars and the Software...

Justin Sargent08/24/09
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OpenMake Software and Creoss Partner to Improve Agile Methods

OpenMake Software announced today a technology partnership with Creoss( the creators of the Agile Framework Paceline).

Jack Milunsky08/19/09
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Planning Poker - The Real Epiphany

Last week I established three good reasons to go with Story Points and why they're so popular. This week I want to talk about one more important aspect of story points and then provide tips on how to get started estimating in Story Points. I find this is a...

Mike Cottmeyer08/19/09
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Agile Adoption and Scaling Patterns

Over the past few months of writing Leading Agile... doing the Cutter Paper... and now preparing to write this book... we've talked a lot about different agile adoption and scaling patterns in the enterprise. Specifically here we've talked about team based...

Justin Sargent08/17/09
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ThoughtWorks Studios Announces Adaptive ALM

ThoughtWorks Studios today announced Adaptive ALM, a new solution to help organizations streamline and automate the Agile software development lifecycle. Using Adaptive ALM, development organizations have the flexibility to better manage a variety of software...

Henry Mark08/14/09
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Using Prototypes to Improve UI Design

When we design an application for desktop, Web, or mobile, an important consideration to make is the user experience (UX). To achieve better UX, we need to design the user interface (UI) very carefully. UI is not only the way we layout and paint the widgets...

Jack Milunsky08/10/09
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The Significance of Story points

Expecting your teams to estimate in Story Points can be quite a leap of faith. When I first introduced the concept of Story Points at my previous company, no-one could wrap their heads around the concept. When it comes to estimating, we’re so accustomed to...

Nitin Bharti08/04/09
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Scaling Agile with Danube ScrumWorks 4

As the agile tools market continues to mature, more organizations are beginning to scale their development processes in ways that were previously not possible.  Danube Technologies this week unveiled the latest version of its Scrum lifecycle management...

Justin Sargent08/04/09
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VersionOne Goes Lean with new Storyboard, Kanban support

VersionOne announced today their Summer '09 release introducing a new Storyboard, support for Lean / Kanban and significant performance improvements throughout the application. Organizations that have a mix of Scrum and Kanban teams can now manage agile...

Jonathan Giles08/03/09
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Book Review - Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

This book is split into three parts. The first describes the principles, patterns, and practices of writing clean code. The second part consists of several case studies of increasing complexity. Each...

Justin Sargent07/30/09
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Coverity goes to School with Static Analysis Product

Coverity, provider of static source code analysis software, today announced an expansion of its academic research program. The Coverity Software Integrity Academic Program is designed to help universities advance the study of software integrity, which...