27 Aug
2007

Communities of Practice

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One of the many valuable new ideas I picked up at Agile2007 is that of Communities of Practice (CoP). The basic principle is not ground breaking, but it puts a formal structure on a highly effective organizational pattern many people forget is available to them. The concept is deadly simple. People of like mind within your company come together […]

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16 Aug
2007

Agile2007 Day 3 – Flippin’ Awesome!

A Framework for Agile Leadership At the executive level of any well-run organization, effective communications and planning are helped by framing discussions with formal frameworks. The frameworks themselves vary by the thousands, and an entire industry of business books is propped up by this idea. The fundamental idea is that you put a project or […]

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14 Jul
2007

Confusing Tactics and Strategy : An Agile Antipattern

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One highly touted benefit of Scrum and iterative development techniques is the speed with which teams can re-focus.  I have seen teams successfully transition to a dramatically different projects over 2 workdays at an iteration boundary.  Using the natural heartbeat of iteration boundaries allows teams to move between radically different projects and codebases with lower disruption costs.  The Entropic […]

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12 Jul
2007

Scrum in a 2 Person Team

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What?  Why in the world would you use Scrum for 2 people?  Why not use XP and then you are inside each other’s head anyway? Let me essplain. Martin Danner and I recently became a team of 2 as the Software Architecture Team at Healthwise. For now, we even share an office. Although our projects are different, […]

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4 Jul
2007

The Question Card Technique

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Teams often need to discover the right way to solve a problem before embarking on the solution itself.  The “R” in Research and Development is why many of us got into this line of work.  Scrum is a powerful technique for producing functional software quickly and efficiently, but how does it handle the problem of research? Scrum teams […]

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16 May
2007

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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13 May
2007

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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