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31
OCT
2008

Dark Knight

Saw this movie in an IMAX.  Can you say awesome experience?!   I am sure a hundred people have said this before, but Heath Ledger’s performance was incredible.  He completely stole the movie from Christian Bale.  I totally believed the Joker was bat-@#%t crazy and I love the...
31
OCT
2008

When You Need a Scribe

…and no one will volunteer, ask all the participants to stand up in a circle and assign one person at random to raise their right hand, reach into the center of the table to take the marker\pen\whatever and hand it to the person next to them!  It fakes them out every time!
29
OCT
2008

Uncle Bob says…

“Test-driven development [TDD] is dual-entry bookkeeping to prevent errors in your code.” I was lucky enough to see Uncle Bob give a presentation on TDD this week.  During his demonstration of the Bowling Game, I noticed he refrained from writing tests for the all the...
29
OCT
2008

XP c.2008

In Boston, I attended a session lead by Neal Ford from Thoughtworks.  He shared his company’s experience of applying XP in a variety of domains.  Thoughtworks almost exclusively uses XP on all their consulting engagements.  Here are some thoughts on three pieces of misinformation...
29
OCT
2008

It’s 2008,

… and the time for guerrilla Agile is over.” Or so says Gil Borza from Industrial Logic at his talk at SD Best Practices titled “Secrets of High-Performance Agile Implementations”.  Gil’s position is Agile has proven itself in enough places and on enough projects that we should...
29
OCT
2008

Mistake Museum

  Here are some common mistakes people make when trying to make their organization more Agile from Rick Brenner and Nancy Van Schooenderwoert.  My comments are in italics. Underestimate the politics of the organization.  Avoid this trap at your peril.  As Ken Schwaber likes to...
28
OCT
2008

Designing for User Performance

Stopped by to listen to Larry Constantine today to hear what he is thinking about how to best design applications.  These are a number of the key points I picked up from his talk: Prioritize design efforts around tasks which have the most frequency and greatest importance....
28
OCT
2008

SOA Measures for Success

One of the sessions I visited today was about what are the correct measurements to determine if your SOA initiative was successful.  One of the most interesting statistic from the speaker was this continuum of cyclometric complexity (CC): CC < 10: "simple" code 10 > CC <...
27
OCT
2008

Without Trust…

…you cannot have collaboration. My first stop at the SD Best Practices 2008 was a tutorial called “Collaboration Works!” by Ellen Gottesdiener.  I am familiar with many collaboration techniques, but I was looking for some additional tools and tricks (which I will include as...
26
OCT
2008

Off To Boston

I will be heading for a great conference for the next few days, Oct 27th to Oct 30th, and will write up some short posts on what I saw and heard that was interesting and\or new.  I found this conference focuses less on technologies and more on techniques that work.  There will be...