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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...

Kirk Knoernschild07/22/09
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The Project Date - Kill It!

Tom DeMarco recently published an article in IEEE Software suggesting he may have been wrong in stating that metrics are a requirement for successful software development. He questions his timeless statement, “You can’t control what you can’t...

Misko Hevery07/18/09
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Software Testing Categorization

You hear people talking about small/medium/large/unit/integration/functional/scenario tests but do most of us really know what is meant by that? Here is how I think about tests. Unit/Small

Jack Milunsky07/05/09
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Accounting for Bugs in an Agile World - How we do it

Today I'd like to share with you a really important aspect of Agile software development - how to account for bugs in your daily plans. I am frequently asked by teams I consult with how to deal with bugs if you're Agile and using Scrum. Questions like the...

Kirk Knoernschild06/24/09
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Agile Architecture Requires Modularity

A few weeks ago, I presented my view of agile architecture, and followed that up with a post on DZone that presented two aspects of agile architecture. A process aspect, which is temporal, and a structural aspect. Here, I embellish.

Matt Stine06/17/09
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Career 2.0: Take Control of Your Life

PrefaceThe preface begins by introducing the purpose and intended audience of the book, much of which has already been highlighted in this review. It closes with a roadmap of what's to come and a...

Kirk Knoernschild06/12/09
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Test Infecting Your Team

Recently, a simple question was posed to the Yahoo Test Driven Development (TDD) group. I've seen situations where the person on a team you would single out to infect produces a high level of quality of code without unit testing. In this case you have to show...