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04
FEB
2009

Social-Only Scrum

Seems like Martin Fowler is adding more to the Scrum dogpile.  I have written about this concept here and here.  Again, I agree that it is up to us practitioners to make sure the technical practices are applied rigorously or you get a big Scrum mess.
25
NOV
2008

“My Name is Carlton Nettleton…

“… I have been with the company for about a year and I am an Agile coach helping people improve their software products by focusing on communication and collaboration.” is just about the worst way to do introductions in a big group setting.  Why?  Well, think back to...
06
NOV
2008

Wall of Wonder

At the SD Best Practices 2008 conference, I attended a tutorial by Ellen Gottendiener where she showed a storyboarding technique she calls the “Wall of Wonder” – it is a way to capture modern day “cave art“ifacts of our discussion.  This facilitation technique is a...
14
AUG
2008

A Rewrite is NOT Refactoring!

Just the other day I was listening to, i.e. eavesdropping, a conversation between peers where they were trying to decide on what version of Visual Studio.NET their team should migrate to. This team was still using Visual Studio 6 (!!) and wanted to know if they should go to 2005...
09
MAY
2008

Precision in Language

One of the more important things I learned in graduate school that applies to my work in the software industry is precision. When I talk about precision, I mean being very clear about what you are claiming (or not claiming). Earlier today, I read this question at the Scrum...