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James Shore04/01/09
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Why I Don't Provide Agile Certification

There's been a lot said about certification lately. I think it's a natural outgrowth of Agile's growing popularity. Unfortunately, I think it's also an outgrowth of the continued watering-down of Agile, which--if we're not careful--will lead to Agile...

Dave Nicolette03/31/09
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Agile thinking in action: A tale of two projects

These past few weeks at Lean Dog Software, there have been two project teams working on the main deck...er, that is, in the main room of the boat; the room that used to be the main seating area when the boat was a restaurant. It occurs to me that these two...

Jurgen Appelo03/30/09
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Optimize Communication, Throw the Boss Out

It is well-known that difficult goals are best achieved when people work in small teams of under ten people. Various agile methods were created based on this principle. Communication in teams is optimal when the lines are short. But that doesn't tell you...

Christopher Bennage03/27/09
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Idealistic vs. Practical

I often identify myself as an Agilist. When I first began to use the term, I was met with a great deal of trepidation. I remember the first few times I attended the local user group. “Oh, you’re one of those guys”. This hesitation has diminished...

Dean Leffingwell03/27/09
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Agile Release Train: A Whitepaper

Recently, I’ve been working with a  software enterprise helping them tune their agile process to better align the agile teams to the broader enterprise objectives. One particular subgroup has twelve agile teams, each of whom has a specific product...

Kelly Waters03/25/09
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3 Reasons Why I Wouldn't Do Agile Software Development

Agile software development has been a revelation for me. It has brought me and my teams much success, and a very rewarding working environment.Sometimes I hear people say that agile development isn't appropriate in all circumstances.In fact, I used to say...

Artem Marchenko03/20/09
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Why I don't use standard user story format that much

Agile requirements are different from the traditional ones and are usually defined as user stories that allow for slicing functionality in the shippable increments. There are recommendations for a standard user story format and the most known one is “As...

Michael Dubakov03/20/09
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Zero Defects? Are You Kidding Me?

Are you familiar with zero defects mentality? It looks very good from the first sight. Zero defects... Let me think... Well, cool! I like it! I’d like to have zero defects in my projects. So, what is zero defects mentality? Here is the quote from Lean...

Kirk Knoernschild03/20/09
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Certification or Craftsmanship

About 10 years ago I recall studying profusely so that I might pass my Java programmer's certification exam. I purchased a copy of an exam cram book that had sample questions similar to what I might encounter on my certification test. I recall dealing with...

Frederic Tardieu03/19/09
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Holism and Agility

Agility is often seen as a young paradigm which works only at low scale, especially because some Agile methodologies work good at small scale, but are difficult to use at large scale « out of the box », as the practices they suggest to use cannot be...

Arnon Rotem-gal-oz03/19/09
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Continuous Deployment and Continuous Integration

You might have noticed my blogging is slowing down a little,  in case you're wondering the culprit is xsights - As we're getting closer toproduction (2-3 weeks if all goes well) everything else slows down... We all know about continuous integration (CI)....

Wei Ling Chen03/17/09
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Kirk Knoernschild03/16/09
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Agile Methods - Delivering Software Faster

A core tenet of agile methodologies is to help teams deliver software more quickly. But with the plethora of agile practices available to choose from, teams new to agile struggle to find the right practices that help them realize speedier delivery. In...

Mike Cottmeyer03/13/09
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Teams are the Building Blocks of Agile Organizations

If you are going to embrace any form of agile, you need to start by thinking about your teams as the elemental building blocks of your agile organization. Teams are ElementalRegardless of whether you decide to organize around feature teams or...

Kirk Knoernschild03/12/09
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Big Teams & Agility - Take 2

In Big Teams & Agility, I talked about a macro process for agile development on large teams (those up to, possibly exceeding, 100 developers). The article was posted on AgileZone at JavaLobby (where I now help out as zone leader, though did not at the...

Kelly Waters03/11/09
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Themes in Agile Software Development

Agile software development teams often use User Stories as a simple and concise way to express user requirements.Ideally these User Stories are broken down as small as possible, whilst also trying to minimise dependencies.Naturally, though, as you break User...

Jared Richardson03/09/09
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The Blue Angles Model: Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

A few weeks ago in Atlanta a class attendee told me about an idea she'd been considering. A "Blue Angels" style dev group at large companies. The more she talked about it, the more the idea sounded exciting. You set up an elite team of...

Kirk Knoernschild03/06/09
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Big Teams and Agility

In Grass Roots Agile, I talked about some of the details surrounding how development teams can increase their agility, and I presented a diagram similar to what’s above that discusses how to measure and manage a system’s tested features. Here, I want to...

Ivo Wever03/05/09
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Writing good code requires you to perform experiments

How often do you have to solve a small problem that is a part of a larger project and decide to take the time to perform some seperate experiments to solve the problem, before adding the partial solution to the whole? In the past, I hardly ever did that...

Wei Ling Chen03/03/09
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Jared Richardson03/03/09
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Feedback Loops in Software Development

In this exclusive interview, Relevance CEO Stuart Halloway talks about the importance of feedback loops in software development. It's a vital agile principle that Relevance uses to keep customers happy.

Wei Ling Chen03/02/09
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Scalability & High Availability Refcard Available Now

These days the words Scalability and Availability are thrown around so often that often it is difficult to know what they actually mean in each case. And this is why we're here to help! This DZone Refcard provides you with the tools to define these terms...

Wei Ling Chen03/02/09
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Professional cheat sheets you can trust.  We bring you our #42 DZone Refcard on Seam UI.  We have literaly stuffed as much information on Seam UI as is humanly possible into these six pages.  Within this DZone Refcard you will find information on...

Wei Ling Chen02/24/09
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