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13
NOV
2008

Agile Transitions Workshop

I am quite busy with the presentations lately.  Next up is an appearance at XPSD on December 4th where I will run a workshop showing how to use some simple tools to chart and monitor an Agile transition for your organization.  This will be a hands-on session.   The tools I will...
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...
06
NOV
2008

Culture Changes for Agile Transitions

Just wanted to let people know I am going to be on panel about “Transitioning to Lean-Agile” at San Diego Software Industry Council on November 21st.  I will be talking about culture change at Cardinal Health and my role in helping culture change.  It should be an interesting...
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...