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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...
23
FEB
2009

Excellent Blog Entry on Pair Programming

Jim Shore has linked to an excellent discussion on pair programming from the perspective of an experienced programmer being asked to pair full time.  Short summary – everything you thought pair programming was, it is not.  This blog entry is definitely worth a read!
18
FEB
2009

Shaking Up Those Old Bones

Jeff Patton has a good blog entry on why he is creating user story maps to maintain the Big Vision.  At the last conference in Boston, I attended his tutorial on user story maps.  Organizing the Product Backlog into a backbone of critical features, a walking skeleton of a barely...
12
FEB
2009

It’s Just Lean, No Hyphen Please

Alan Shalloway has posted an interesting blog about how Scrum is evolving in its understanding of itself much the same way Extreme Programming (XP) did in the early part of 2000.  As someone who was very much into XP at that time, I agree that XP was first defined as the original...
30
JAN
2009

Pair Programming Might Not Work For You,

… but don’t prohibit other people from giving it a try. I heard the MOST ignorant statement the other day while facilitating a workshop. “Pair programming is useful when you’re 23.  When you turn 24, there is no need for pair programming.” From the...
12
JAN
2009

The problem with most TDD trainings is…

… they are too short. Mark Levison has posted an interesting article, Making TDD Stick, on InfoQ that covers some of my observations about how to sustain test-driven development (TDD) in an organization.  I have found the best way to teach TDD is to mentor\pair with an individual...
04
DEC
2008

Anotando Demasiado

Spanish has an interesting word to explain the concept of “excessiveness” or “too much” – demasiado.  It can be used to talk about things, such as “Tenemos manzanas demasiadas”\”We have too many apples”, but interestingly enough it can also refer to people, as in “Él es...