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Mitch Pronschinske11/04/09
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Mingle 3.0 and Google Wave Join Forces

ThoughtWorks Studios' Adaptive ALM software unveils major updates today at the Enterprise 2.0 conference. The company is announcing its newest version of  Agile Management software, Mingle 3.0.  The new version of Mingle will feature a new instant messaging...

Mitch Pronschinske11/03/09
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DZone Daily Dose - 2009/11/4

Adobe is lashing out at Apple on its Flash Player page for the iPhone.  When you go to the Flash Player on your iPhone, the text now says "Apple restricts use of technologies required by products like Flash Player. Until Apple eliminates these...

Kirk Knoernschild10/31/09
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Question on Module Design

Like last year, in my Agile Architecture - Technologies and Patterns session at SpringOne2GX, I asked the attendees the same three questions surrounding class, package, and module design. This year, I had roughly 80 folks attend the session, and here is...

Mitch Pronschinske10/30/09
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New Bug Tracker - YouTrack 1.0 Release

JetBrains has announced the GA release of its new bug and issue tracking software, YouTrack 1.0.  YouTrack is a web-based, keyboard-centric bug tracker with issue handling focused into only two controls, a search box and a command window.  JetBrains has...

Jurgen Appelo10/30/09
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Why We Delegate: The Darkness Principle

From a complexity perspective, there is a good reason why teams in an organization must be able to make decisions together. This follows logically from the Darkness Principle: Each element in the system is ignorant of the behavior of the system as...

Steven Lott10/28/09
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Process Not Working -- Must Have More Process

After all, programmers are all lazy and stupid.Got his complaint recently."Developers on a fairly routine basis check in code into the wrong branch."Followed by a common form of the lazy and stupid complaint. "Someone should think about which...

Ezequiel Cuellar10/26/09
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Endeavour Software Project Management Beta 1.0 Released

Endeavour Software Project Management is an Open Source solution to manage the creation of large-scale enterprise systems in an iterative and incremental development process. It features support for Use Case management, Iterations, Project Plan, Change...

Nitin Bharti10/23/09
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Exclusive Interview: Agile Alliance Managing Director, Phil Brock

While many industry conferences are contracting in size and even cancelling their shows, the Agile Alliance is worried about a different kind of problem: how do you curb the overwhelming success of your event and prevent it from growing too big?  After all,...

Lyndsey Clevesy10/22/09
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DZone Daily Dose - 2009/10/23

Firefox may release its upcoming version 3.6 as a so-called "minor update" even though it is actually a fairly major one.  Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox at Mozilla, details the reasons for this unusual step on a Mozilla developer's list...

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...

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...

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. 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...

Tiago Simões10/14/09
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OutSystems Unveils Free Version of Agile Platform

OutSystems released a free version of the Agile Platform that allows developers to create web business applications and explore Agile techniques without any vendor lock-in. The Agile Platform Community Edition is a full version of the Agile Platform for...

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...

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 competitive. Evolving in tandem a new generation of agile project management software and Scrum training...

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...

Jack Milunsky09/29/09
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Scrum shortcomings

Many of us have come to love Scrum, including me. Scrum has been a huge success overall and has turned many a development team around and for the better. Yet in my opinion, I think Scrum falls short in at least one area. Concept to Cash Firstly, it's...

Nitin Bharti09/24/09
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Exclusive Interview: VP Sue McKinney on IBM's Agile Transformation

If there were ever any doubts about agile's ability to scale within large organizations, Sue McKinney might have some encouraging words of advice. The VP of Development Transformation within the IBM Software Group spearheaded what is perhaps one of the...

Matt Raible09/24/09
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Lean Teams: Doing More With Less

This evening I attended the Denver Rails User Group (a.k.a. DeRailed) to hear a presentation by Marty Haught. It was titled "Lean Teams: Doing more with less" and the following are my notes from the event. Today's talk is about "Rocking with...