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Mike Cottmeyer12/22/09
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If Value is the Problem, What Can I Do About It?

Wednesday I published a post called "Why is Agile so Hard to Sell?". If you haven't checked out the comment thread, you should really take a look. Most of the comments were really supportive and added serious value (no pun intended) to the...

Mitch Pronschinske12/22/09
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SparkBuild: A Free Build Avoidance Tool

Just a few weeks ago, Electric Cloud launched the first GA version of SparkBuild, a free GNU Make (gmake) and NMAKE-based build tool that offers true build avoidance.  Windows and Open Source Linux developers writing software in C/C++ will find that...

Mitch Pronschinske12/21/09
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BPMN 2.0 Getting Broad Support: Final Spec Due in 2010

Business Process Modeling Notation is "one of the most widely adopted modeling standards for business analysis," according to Richard Mark Soley, the Object Management Group (OMG) chairman and CEO.  The 2.0 version the BPMN specification was...

Shlomi Ben-haim12/21/09
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The 10 Tech Commandments for Employment After Age 40

I'll be 40 in two months, which made me think about the ungrateful high-tech market that employs more than 15M software developers worldwide. At this age, software developers face the tremendous stress of being too young to retire, yet too old to continue in...

Mark Lines12/20/09
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"Play Ball" - The New and Improved Agile Software Development Methodology

OverviewWe all know that terms such as “iteration”, “project manager”, and “daily stand-up meetings” are extremely difficult for software development professionals to comprehend.  To simplify things, we have created a better methodology fashioned...

Mitch Pronschinske12/18/09
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Mylyn Makes VersionOne Connection

Tasktop just announced a newly certified Eclipse Mylyn connector for another enterprise-level agile management suite.  In March 2010 Tasktop Pro will release a Mylyn connector for VersionOne's Agile project management platform.  With this announcement,...

Michael Dubakov12/18/09
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Kanban Psychology. Can You Say No?

Kanban looks so simple. In theory. Map your flow, set limits, draw some lines and stick stories on the wall. There you go. Is that it? Obviously, no. One of the hardest things is to change your behavior, shift from “push mindset” to “pull mindset”....

Mitch Pronschinske12/18/09
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Responsiveness in the ScrumWorks Community

Sometimes the best examples of Agile software development come from the Agile tool companies themselves.  Developers who use Agile implementation software are very likely to have feedback for new features since they work on new features in their own...

Michael Dubakov12/17/09
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Refactoring vs. Rewrite

Code base of a large project is getting worse over time. I hope there are lucky exceptions, but in general it is true for most projects. The reasons are quite obvious:

Dean Leffingwell12/17/09
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A User Story Primer

In this three part article series, co-author Pete Behrens and I provide an overview on the derivation and application of user stories, which are the primary agile mechanism that carries customer’s requirements through the agile software development value...

Mike Cottmeyer12/17/09
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Why Is Agile So Hard To Sell?

What I find incredibly interesting is why defining value is so hard. Agile proponents have been beating the value drum since the very beginning. Put the customer in the room... understand their needs... build what ever they want... deliver software in small...

Ted Neward12/16/09
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Haacked, but not content; agile still treats the disease

Phil Haack wrote a thoughtful, insightful and absolutely correct response to my earlier blog post. But he's still missing the point.

Ted Neward12/15/09
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"Agile is treating the symptoms, not the disease"

The above quote was tossed off by Billy Hollis at the patterns&practices Summit in Redmond. I passed the quote out to the Twitter masses, along with my +1, and predictably, the comments started coming in shortly thereafter. Rather than limit the thoughts...

Mitch Pronschinske12/14/09
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DZone Daily Dose - 2009/12/15

Sun Microsystems' stock value shot up today after months of decline.  The reason behind the 10% jump was a statement of commitments recently posted by Oracle.  In a nutshell, the statement says that Oracle will maintain MySQL and keep its APIs public upon...

Mitch Pronschinske12/14/09
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SmartSVN 6.5: Differentiating Features

The Subversion (SVN) version control system, which will soon be under the Apache banner, has plenty of graphical clients available.  SVN clients are small, but important components in the software development cycle, and choosing the right one can be an...