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04
JAN
2010

Speaking @ Fullerton Code Camp – Jan 30 & 31

If you are looking to see me speak in person, be sure to come to the Fullerton Code Camp.  I will have three presentations on Agile. Experiencing Agile Through Games: Are you bored at work? Is your Agile team devoid of fun? It could be that you are following the mechanics of your...
29
DEC
2009

XPSD Call for Speakers

A group close to my heart, Extreme Programming San Diego (XPSD), is looking for speakers to talk about their experiences applying Agile software development practices.  XPSD meets on the 1st Thursday of every month at The Linkery in North Park from 6 PM to 8 PM to network, share...
11
DEC
2009

Best Links of the Week – Dec 11th 2009

Here are links to the best of the blogs for the week of Dec 11th 2009. Agile Project Management (Part 1 of 2) – short article from Agile Journal looking to bridge common Agile vocabulary with PMI practices and concepts. “Ideal” Team Size and Ratio...
24
SEP
2009

More on Pair Programming

Obie Fernandez writes a blog post about how pair programming is not for the masses.  I find it interesting that his post addresses many of the items that were not discussed at the Agile 2009 session on how to debug pair programming. Three ideas identified by Obie are common...
21
SEP
2009

Pair Programming Gets Profiled by the New York Times

Thanks to Lisa Crispin for pointing out this article on pair programming in the Jobs section of the New York Times.  In the article, they do a profile of a company in Florida that uses pair programming.  It’s a very first person description of the practice, the benefits and...
14
SEP
2009

Seems Obvious Now

Just wanted to reiterate the value of TDD – I am working on a programming challenge and was surprised how easy it was to add a hunting and killing algorithm to my program.  Since it was written using TDD, I had a nice suite of fast tests which allowed me to incrementally...
25
AUG
2009

Agile 2009: Debugging Pair Programming & Impact of Gender

Mat Wayne ran an interesting session about overcoming resistance to pair programming organized around personas.  On each table there was a description of a different persona and some ideas on why that persona might resist pair programming.  Our job was to discuss in groups why...
27
MAY
2009

Why I Encourage Small Teams

Yesterday, I was having a conversation with a colleague about an issue she was struggling with.  She was describing to me how management sometimes has the notion that if we just double the project, say from 10 people to 20 people, we will get double the output.  In the classic...
20
MAY
2009

Hitler Loses It

My colleague, Mike Sutton at Wizewerx pointed this out on his blog.  It was just too over the top not to link it myself. On a more serious note, this parody illustrates how easily it is for leadership to become disconnected from the people doing the actual work.  Communication is...
02
MAR
2009

Ways Pair Programming Can Suck

William Pietri has come up with a list of ways to do pair programming badly.  My favorites – #4 and #8.  Seriously though, these are anti-patterns to avoid, not to emulate.  Pair programming is a very powerful tool, we just need to get eliminate some of the misconceptions...