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Andrew Fuqua07/31/14
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Continuous Backlog Refinement

Create your initial backlog, then stay on top of it. Here’s the how and why of Continuous Backlog Refinement.

Arthur Charpentier07/30/14
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Coffee and Productivity

I was asked if there were serious research papers published on coffee consumption and labour productivity. There are some papers on coffee breaks and productivity, e.g. Productivity Through Coffee Breaks, but I could not find anything on coffee consumption.

Gerry Claps07/30/14
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When to dump Scrum for Kanban

The CEO/Manager walks into the room and asks to add X, Y and Z into the Sprint. Sound familiar? You’re not alone. Maybe it's time to ditch Scrum for Kanban?

John Cook07/29/14
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Software development becoming less mature?

I don’t know whether computing is becoming less mature, though it may very well be on average, even if individual developers become more mature.

Mike Cottmeyer07/29/14
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Why Agile Is Failing in Large Enterprises, And What You Can Do About It

Here is the deck from my Agile2014 talk on why many folks are struggling to adopt agile in larger, more complex enterprises.

Mike Cottmeyer07/29/14
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Why Agile Is Failing in Large Enterprises, And What You Can Do About It

Here is the deck from my Agile2014 talk on why many folks are struggling to adopt agile in larger, more complex enterprises.

Venkatesh Kris...07/28/14
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LAST (Lean Agile Systems Thinking) 2014 Conference

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the LAST 2014 (Lean Agile Systems Thinking) conference. This is my second consecutive year of having the opportunity to speak at this popular Melbournian event.

Andrew Fuqua07/25/14
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Compressed Backlog Refinement

This post is not about where the ideas come from or even about how to convert what already exists into user stories. The focus here is about how to conduct that initial refinement meeting, then what might be different in subsequent refinement sessions.

Robert Diana07/25/14
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Geek Reading July 24, 2014

These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques.

Gil Zilberfeld07/25/14
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Agile Practitioners 2015: Call For Papers

Agile Practitioners 2015 is starting its way, and the first step is the Call For Papers! The Agile Practitioners conference started 4 years ago, and is an actual effort by the community. I’m proud to be part of the organizing committee, after presenting at the last 3 gatherings.

Johanna Rothman07/24/14
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How Pairing & Swarming Work & Why They Will Improve Your Products

If you’ve been paying attention to agile at all, you’ve heard these terms: pairing and swarming. But what do they mean? What’s the difference?

Adi Gaskell07/24/14
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The impact of interruptions at work

Interruptions seem a central part of modern working life. Whether it’s open plan offices or the influx of digital tools into the workplace, a distraction never seems far away

Hamid Shojaee07/23/14
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Scrum and Quantum Physics

Since Scrum is an iterative process, you can have great success by focusing on things that you can say with a fair degree of confidence, while still allowing for some uncertainty in all planning and estimates.

Mike Bushong07/23/14
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Scenario planning for first-line managers

Almost every New Product Introduction process includes some placeholder slots to talk about risk. Everyone knows enough to put mitigation plans in these slots. But those mitigation plans are drafted and then ignored by the vast majority of managers.

Kin Lane07/23/14
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GitHub Commit Storytelling: Now or Later

When you are making GitHub commits you have to provide a story that explains the changes you are committing to a repository. Many of us just post 'blah blah’, ‘what I said last time", or any other garbage that just gets us through the moment. You know you’ve all done it at some point.

Mike Cottmeyer07/22/14
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What is the ROI of Your Event?

So, where did our new event fall on a scale compared to the others? Did I feel like attendees received value and did I feel like we got a good return on our investment? Let me give a little comparison.

David Winterbottom07/21/14
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Linking to Github

It's dangerous to link to lines or blocks of code on Github without explicitly specifying the commit hash in the URL. This emits the Github URL to the HEAD commit on the current branch, specifying the commit hash in the URL

Phil Whelan07/21/14
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Release! Card Game Adds New Twist to Software Development

"Release!" is a card game about making software inspired by development strategies like Lean, Agile, and DevOps.

Chris Odell07/19/14
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Agile Decompiled : Incremental And Iterative Releases

Proponents of the Waterfall Model suggest that by doing all the design up front and making sure that each part of the process is correct before moving onto the next part, means that bugs are found sooner and therefore costs are reduced.

Johanna Rothman07/18/14
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Do Teams Gel or Jell?

In my role as technical editor for agileconnection.com, I have the opportunity to read many terrific articles. I also have the opportunity to review and comment on those articles.

Kristina Chodorow07/17/14
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Sharing Programming

I’m going to be volunteer teaching AP computer science this fall at a NYC high school! Aside from actually prepping them for the AP exam, I’ve been thinking about how to share the programming culture I love with the students. Off the top of my head, I’d like to tell them about:

Roman Pichler07/17/14
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10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Strategy with the Vision Board

Traditionally, a product strategy is the result of months of market research and business analysis work. It is intended to be factual, reliable, and ready to be implemented. But in an agile, dynamic environment a product strategy is best created differently.

Chris Odell07/17/14
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Every Library Needs an Index

Imagine walking into a library, and having to walk up and down the aisles trying to find the book you want. Imagine walking into a hardware store, row upon row and shelf upon shelf. But nobody has put any signs up. Do you document your code libraries and keep an index?

Matthew Turland07/17/14
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Speaking Resources

I was fortunate enough to recently be accepted to the inaugural php[world] conference. Shortly thereafter, a friend of mine within the community inquired about submitting to and speaking at conferences. I thought I’d post the resources I shared with them here for others interested in the same topic.

Mike Bushong07/16/14
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You Are A Topic At Your Employees' Dinner Tables

The transition from individual contributor to management is probably a bit selfish for almost everyone. In that moment when your responsibilities and title change, you will naturally focus your attention on you.