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Anh Tuan Nguyen06/19/14
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How to Increase Productivity

Unlocking productivity is one of the bigger concerns for any person taking a management role. However, people rarely agree on the best approaches to improve performance.

Chris Odell06/18/14
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Agile Decompiled: Pair Programming

Like many agile practices my personal opinion is that pair programming should be seen as another tool in your coding toolbox. When a hammer is the appropriate tool to use, use it.

Mike Cottmeyer06/18/14
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Gluten-Free Agile

Like gluten free, everyone tosses around the word “Agile”so readily from the boardroom to the server room.

Johanna Rothman06/18/14
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Tips for Improving Your Geographically Distributed Agile Team

At the Better Software/Agile Development conference a couple of weeks ago, I gave a talk entitled At Least Five Tips for Improving Your Geographically Distributed Agile Team.

John Sonmez06/17/14
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Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously

If you are reading this blog post, you are probably a software developer. Now, it might be that you are working on a very important piece of a software system that will save lives or completely change the world but chances are, you are not.

Dennis Doomen06/17/14
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The Staring Game AKA The Art of Social Intelligence

So here I am in New York, all alone and looking for something fun to do during a rainy day preceding QCon New York. The Empire State Building was covered in clouds so what can you do?

Andy Hawthorne06/16/14
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Coding Can Make You Fat

Writing code for a living can make you fat. That’s because coders work long hours behind a computer and don’t have much time for exercise. Here’s what you can do about it.

Bob Hartman06/16/14
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Org Structure, Software Architecture, and Cross-functional Teams

Your organizational structure drives a particular software architecture. And your software architecture drives a particular organizational structure. People who work closely together and communicate frequently will create software that reflects this and vice versa.

Whitney Baker06/15/14
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The Best of the Week (June 6): Agile Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Agile Zone (June 6 to June 13). This week's topics include antifragility, agile transformation and executive engagement, Heisenberg developers, dealing with burnout and Scrum.

Mike Cottmeyer06/13/14
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We Should Be Held Accountable

When I speak to people (including Agile coaches) from other companies, I tend to see and hear a lot of interesting perspectives. Many buy into the idea of Agile being this cultural shift with everyone sitting around a campfire singing Kumbaya and feeling all happy.

Whitney Baker06/13/14
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Agile Is The New Black

"It seems that agile ideas such as pair programming, lack of code ownership are neither new nor revolutionary. Had we only forgotten about them? At what point did we decide to isolate developers in cubicles or tie their salary to the lines of code produced?"

Phil Whelan06/13/14
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The Status Quo is Killing Innovation

I listened to the recording of Michael Coté's keynote on the second day of DevOpsDays Austin and I felt like a few of my questions have been answered with respect to DevOps and PaaS. Bottom line: while change is happening, it seems to be moving at slower pace than expected.

Paul Reed06/12/14
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The Ship Show: Extinguishing Burnout

As tech companies implement all sorts of ways to increase their output, the often-undiscussed tradeoff is how it impacts employees.

Whitney Baker06/12/14
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The Misperception of Scrum

Developers are used to thinking in an extremely abstract way. They take a complicated problem and simplify it to a point where it is simple enough to describe in a list of instructions sent to a computer processor.

Whitney Baker06/11/14
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The Challenge of Agile with Offshore Development

The most important facet of agile development in a fast-moving workplace is communication – without it, processes can fall apart and deadlines can fail to be met. In a blog post, agile coach Lorraine Pauls Longhurst works through some issues she's faced as an expert.

Michael Mainguy06/11/14
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Women in Technology

I think this bias pervades our culture so much that we're shortchanging ourselves. Having worked with a number of rockstar quality technologists who happened to be female, I wonder how many there might be that are shying away for whatever reason.

Oscar Berg06/11/14
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9 Ways to Boost Knowledge Worker Engagement

At the end of the day, it is about creating the necessary conditions for employees to become engaged and empowered to do their jobs as good as possible. Remove all friction. Love synergy, hate waste.

John Sonmez06/10/14
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There is More Than One Path to Success

For a long time I had a difficult time reconciling that both the cowboy coders and the meticulous software craftsmen are able to achieve extraordinary results.

Tom Howlett06/10/14
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What Do I Need?

My last few months of working with a larger, more traditional organisation has lead me to conclude that the roles and processes involved in traditional project management only serve to get in the way of creating something meaningful.

Dalip Mahal06/10/14
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Don't Be A Slave To Your Tools

Developers attach quickly to tools because they are concrete and have well defined behavior. It is easier to learn a tool than to learn best practices or methodology. Tools only assist in solving problems, they can't solve the problem by themselves.

Henrik Warne06/09/14
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Antifragility and Software Development

I recently finished the book Antifragile – Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. I liked it a lot, and I think the ideas in it are quite useful when examining various systems and phenomena. What especially struck me when reading it was how much of it applies to software development.

Whitney Baker06/08/14
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The Best of the Week (May 30): Agile Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Agile Zone (May 30 to June 6). This week's topics include non-programming programmers, being Turing, Async standups, 1-person scrum and stand-up meetings.

Mike Hadlow06/07/14
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Heisenberg Developers

You can not observe a developer without altering their behavior.

Mike Cottmeyer06/07/14
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Agile Transformation and Executive Engagement

Most people are familiar with drawings or raffles and some of these events require that you must be present to win. A highly successful Agile Transformation happens when there is executive engagement throughout the path to agility.

Craig Flichel06/06/14
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The Mouse is a Programmer's Enemy

There are a lot of things that can break us out of flow or prevent us from ever entering that state of immersion in our work, that are out of our control