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Jack Milunsky08/10/09
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The Significance of Story points

Expecting your teams to estimate in Story Points can be quite a leap of faith. When I first introduced the concept of Story Points at my previous company, no-one could wrap their heads around the concept. When it comes to estimating, we’re so accustomed...

Nitin Bharti08/04/09
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Scaling Agile with Danube ScrumWorks 4

As the agile tools market continues to mature, more organizations are beginning to scale their development processes in ways that were previously not possible.  Danube Technologies this week unveiled the latest version of its Scrum lifecycle management...

Justin Sargent08/04/09
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VersionOne Goes Lean with new Storyboard, Kanban support

VersionOne announced today their Summer '09 release introducing a new Storyboard, support for Lean / Kanban and significant performance improvements throughout the application. Organizations that have a mix of Scrum and Kanban teams can now manage agile...

Justin Sargent07/30/09
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Coverity goes to School with Static Analysis Product

Coverity, provider of static source code analysis software, today announced an expansion of its academic research program. The Coverity Software Integrity Academic Program is designed to help universities advance the study of software integrity, which...

Justin Sargent07/22/09
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OpenMake Meister and Mojo 7.3 Released

OpenMake Software, provider of build automation, build management, and continuous integration software, has released OpenMake Meister and Mojo 7.3. This new release delivers optimized acceleration capabilities of the Meister build engine to improve...

Kirk Knoernschild07/22/09
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The Project Date - Kill It!

Tom DeMarco recently published an article in IEEE Software suggesting he may have been wrong in stating that metrics are a requirement for successful software development. He questions his timeless statement, “You can’t control what...

Justin Sargent07/20/09
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Borland Introduces Silk 2009

Borland today unveiled Silk 2009, a comprehensive software test suite designed to support the testing needs of both Agile and traditional development teams by simplifying testing activities, increasing the speed of test execution and integrating with...

Misko Hevery07/18/09
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Software Testing Categorization

You hear people talking about small/medium/large/unit/integration/functional/scenario tests but do most of us really know what is meant by that? Here is how I think about tests. Unit/Small Lets start with unit test. The best definition I can find...

Nitin Bharti07/14/09
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Electric Cloud Adds Amazon EC2 Support

Electric Cloud, provider of software build automation and testing software, has added pre-configured Amazon EC2 support to its full product line, which includes Electric Commander, Electric Accelerator, and Electric Insight.Electric Commander, the company's...

Raj Datla07/05/09
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CASE Spec 8.7 Tool for Agile and Non-agile Projects Released with Discount Offers

Goda Software announces the release of CASE Spec 8.7 with discount offers. CASE Spec 8.7 features many enhancements, including inline data editing in grids. It also enables users to create reports with data analysis functions. ARLINGTON, VA — Goda...

Jack Milunsky07/05/09
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Accounting for Bugs in an Agile World - How we do it

Today I'd like to share with you a really important aspect of Agile software development - how to account for bugs in your daily plans. I am frequently asked by teams I consult with how to deal with bugs if you're Agile and using Scrum. Questions like the...

Kirk Knoernschild06/24/09
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Agile Architecture Requires Modularity

A few weeks ago, I presented my view of agile architecture, and followed that up with a post on DZone that presented two aspects of agile architecture. A process aspect, which is temporal, and a structural aspect. Here, I embellish. Temporal Aspect The...

Kirk Knoernschild06/12/09
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Test Infecting Your Team

Recently, a simple question was posed to the Yahoo Test Driven Development (TDD) group. I've seen situations where the person on a team you would single out to infect produces a high level of quality of code without unit testing. In this case you have to show...

Kelly Waters06/11/09
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The Scrum of Scrums

It is sometimes said that agile software development methods, such as Scrum, are ideal for small projects being delivered by small teams.Personally I would certainly agree that Scrum is ideal for small, multi-disciplined, co-located teams, working on a common...

Jack Milunsky06/10/09
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Tough times out there - Scrum can show you the way out!

"In these tough economic times" I've heard this so many times it's starting to annoy me. Yet, this little proverb is sublimely relevant; it taps into the psyche of consumers and businesses alike who continue to say to themselves "Can we...

Henrik Mårtensson06/09/09
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Defining Kanban

There has been a long thread in the kanbandev group at Yahoo about how to define what a kanban system is, and is not. Defining kanban is important because without an unambiguous definition it is difficult to discuss kanban.A kanban system is a system for...

Jurgen Appelo06/08/09
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Three Levels of Control (Example)

In my last post I told you about the three levels of control for managers. I didn't have much time to go into details then, and it was no surprise to see several readers asking for specific examples. I am glad to oblige now, because like you I'm also...

Jack Milunsky06/05/09
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The Product Owner - Top 10 Responsibilities

Over the course of the past 5 years, I have often been asked about the role the Product Owner plays in an Agile company. More recently in a rather controversial blog post by Adam Bullied he raised the question – Is there such a thing as an Agile Product...

Kelly Waters06/03/09
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To Estimate or Not - That Is the Question

Lean software development shares many of the key principles of agile software development.Although one of the key aspects of lean development is all about identifying and eliminating waste from the development process...One of the most hotly debated aspects...

Nitin Bharti06/02/09
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Atlassian Acquires GreenHopper for JIRA

Atlassian, a provider of software development and collaboration software, today announced the acquisition of GreenHopper for JIRA from GreenPepper Software. Atlassian's JIRA product provides bug tracking, issue tracking and agile project management software....

Dean Leffingwell06/01/09
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Agile Product Manager in the Enterprise (3): Responsibility-Owning the Vision

Note: this is the third in a series of posts on the changing role of product management as the enterprise transitions to agile development methods. This series in turn, is a continuation of the series on the Role of Product Manager and Product Owner in...

Mike Cottmeyer05/29/09
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Recommended Books on Agile

Quite frequently I am out talking to traditional project managers or new agile teams that want to learn a little bit more about all this agile stuff. Inevitibly I get asked what books I recommend for folks trying to sharpen their agile chops. Thought I...

Jurgen Appelo05/27/09
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Self-Organization (Part 3)

In part 1 and part 2 of this multi-post article I told you that self-organization does not distinguish between valuable and harmful results. This distinction is only made by humans, because we have learned to assign value to things. And command-and-control...