Butters Update

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I got a new set of pictures from the breeder in Missouri.? Butters is almost 2?weeks older than the first pictures I posted of her.? Her new pictures show that she is growing quickly and is?a tubby little pup. Just like me. 4 more weeks and counting.? Couldn’t you just eat her up? ?

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Planning for Re-Evolution

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Evolutionary software design has become increasingly popular in the ongoing Agile discussion.  Proponents of Evolutionary Software Design (ESD) advocate an organic approach to software architectures in which design is allowed to evolve along with the requirements of the software.  A colleague of mine is fond of saying, “The second programmer pays for generality.”  He means the […]

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Developer Wellness Program

We’ve been talking about software wellness around here lately, but what about developer wellness?  We have a plan to increase the quality of our software, but what about the quality of ourselves? I want to thank Scott (you need a blog, wise one) and Matt for recently instituting our latest developer wellness programs. Microsoft Certification […]

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Butters

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I just did something I vowed never to do. Ever. Maybe it isn’t enough that I have the responsibility of feeding a wife, 4 kids, 2 cats, and a pair of guinea pigs.  Apparently that wasn’t enough. Meet Butters.  Specifically, meet Grammy Buttercup Starr, the newest member of our family.  Butters is pictured here at 2 […]

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Scrum Team Kiosk

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Teams are most effective when actionable data is transparent and obvious, ala information radiators.  Software build status, current sprint burn down, story and task details, and quality metrics are all needed to guide successful decisions. A recent Elegant Code screencast prescribed a formula for software wellness focusing on a real time defect management process.  A significant element of success for us […]

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Scrum and the User Experience Team

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What follows is an email republished here with permission from our Director of User Experience, Julie Cabinaw.  Julie agreed to let me blog her slightly modified email to show how pervasive Scrum has become in our company.  We are not just using Scrum with developers, but with a User Experience Team, database folks, content writers, […]

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