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Mitch Pronschinske10/22/09
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DZone Daily Dose - 2009/10/22

According to Amazon, the world's biggest software company has also racked up the largest number of pre-orders of any product, EVER! That's right, Amazon says Microsoft's Windows 7 release is the most pre-ordered product in the e-tailer's history (yes,...

Steven Lott10/22/09
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Breaking into Agile

I had a recent conversation with some folks who were desperate to "processize" everything. They were asking about Scrum Master certification and what standards organizations define the "official" Scrum method.Interestingly, I also saw a...

Mitch Pronschinske10/21/09
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Top ALM Tools and Solutions Providers

A good application lifecycle management (ALM) package has software that is able to carefully manage and monitor all aspects of software development.  ALM applications provide tools for managing and completing the phases of design, development, testing,...

Mark Needham10/21/09
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The Effect of Adding New People to Project Teams

I've read quite frequently about the challenges we will experience when adding new people onto teams, including Fred Brooks' 'The Mythical Man Month', but having seen quite a few new people join the project that I've been working on over the last few months I...

Mitch Pronschinske10/17/09
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An Agile Team in Flux

In late 2008, ThoughtWorks was called in to remove legacy systems and initiate an Agile cultural shift for a large international communications firm.  Sharlene McKinnon, who was part of the ThoughtWorks SOA team, had much to say about her experiences:

Nitin Bharti10/16/09
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OO Design for Testability

 We design our code for performance, maintenance, simplicity, extensibility and other goals, but most of us do not think about testability as a design...

Jack Milunsky10/16/09
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Measuring velocity is not enough to determine team productivity

An interesting question was brought up in a recent LinkedIn discussion thread: "Is velocity the right approach to measure productivity of team members working in Scrum. If not, then how can productivity of team members be measured in Scrum?" Here...

Ted Neward10/16/09
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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 this week in Redmond.

Mitch Pronschinske10/12/09
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Epic Management Improvements in ScrumWorks 4.1

More improvements in large-scale agile software development are emerging today as Danube Technologies has released the 4.1 version of ScrumWorks Pro, the only software tool designed specifically to manage Scrum.  The program's new features for implementing...

Lyndsey Clevesy10/08/09
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Danube's Michael James on Scrum Adoption

Scrum is beginning to emerge as an increasingly popular choice for organizations seeking to improve software quality, decrease time-to-market, and stay...

Jack Milunsky10/07/09
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Burndown Charts - It's not about staying below the line

I recently participated in a Scrum development discussion thread on Yahoo Groups where one member new to Scrum asked the following: "Our burndown chart's remaining work line always goes up. As a Scrum Master, what do I have to do to make it go...

Kelly Waters10/06/09
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The Problem With Planning

I think I've been pretty successful in my career. But if I was better at planning, I wouldn't have achieved half the things I've achieved in my career! In fact, I wouldn't even have started some of them...In reality, there are some things you can plan, and...

Kirk Knoernschild10/05/09
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Lean and Kanban Collection

For those of you interested in Lean and Kanban, but not much knowledge yet, it can be tough filter the noise and find information explaining what they are and how they might be different from what you’re already doing (agile, Scrum, etc.). Since top 10...

Mark Needham10/02/09
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QTB: Agile Governance – Managing the Enterprise Issues

I went to watch the latest ThoughtWorks Australia Quarterly Technology Briefing in Sydney on Wednesday where my colleague Lindy Stephens, Suncorp's Josh Melville and Lonely Planet's Nigel Dalton presented on 'Agile Governance – Managing the Enterprise...

Nitin Bharti09/30/09
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Pair Programming - Dispelling the Conspiracy

Richard Stobart has written an excellent article over at ITWales.com that provides some very interesting perspectives on the practice of pair programming.  Conspiracy theorists, cynics, and even customers might view pair programming as an attempt by the...