Esoterica

Here’s a short and fun little ditty I’m going to throw up here so I can find it later… *(because why would I try to memorize something so simple whe…

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Esoterica

One reason Scrum works so well for software development teams is its simplification and constraining of the complexity involved in group dynamics. This is the same reason it works for other teams delivering other things other than software, because it’s really about group dynamics. Team of Teams This idea is much older than Scrum itself. When we distill Scrum to its essence, we can see some parts are as old as tribalism. This is because

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AgileConferenceConferencesConventions

It doesn’t typically occur to me to blog about being involved in a conference, but in this case I realized something special is going on. This May’s ALM Forum in Seattle is an intersection between DevOps, Agility, and downright technology leadership with pragmatism, and it’s happening right in Elegant Code Solutions’ backyard! It’s been a good event for the last several years and I’ve enjoyed presenting and being a part of it. This year is

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Esoterica

Too few of us understand: Technical excellence with professionalism is THE ANSWER to the problems so many people are trying to solve with process. Technical Excellence: A Scenario for Two Teams An internal  software product is needed in 6 months to ensure a company doesn’t go out of business. Team A: 1 zealous and competent Scrum Master 1 involved and available Product Owner who proxies the client 5 developers, one of whom has used the

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Esoterica

If you read French (or can wade through Google Translator’s version of English) then you may read an interview I did recently with the folks over at Elapse Technologies, a Quebec-based agility training and coaching organization. Here is a link to the interview. It’s Not About Chores For some time I have been meaning to point out that getting chores done is the least valuable aspect of what we do with agile practices in our

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Hacking

Some time ago, I was talking to a colleague of mine at a company event. While we were there talking, one of us popped the following question: What’s the latest totally crazy thing that you hacked together in your spare time, which was a totally whacked thing to do as a professional developer, where normally all your alarm bells and whistles would be going of the chart, but totally carried you away at that exact

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Esoterica

I am announcing the launch of Elegant Code Solutions, LLC. This marks my decision to join the community as an independent trainer, developer, coach, and consultant. For the last four years I have worked for Scrum.org and Microsoft, and I am coming back to my happiest professional roots: Helping teams improve their agility with professionalism and technical excellence. I am starting my practice with work focused on what I know best: training, coaching, and software

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Esoterica

Today Microsoft published an article on their [BizSpark Featured Startups](http://blogs.technet.com/b/bizspark_featured_startups/archive/2015/01/13/tr…

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