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19
JUL
2016

How to improve your Test-Driven Development

Test-Driven Development (TDD) is a fundamental programming skill in short supply today.  TDD is a powerful design technique that improves the quality and reliability of software as unit tests are automated and run more frequently.  One of the key concepts behind TDD is that the...
09
JUN
2016

How to Run a Coding Dojo

At Agile Portugal, I heard Emily Bache (@emilybache) give an inspiring keynote address on the importance of coding dojos to advance the art of programmers and testers.  Emily, much like myself, is a strong proponent of test-driven development (TDD), but recognizes that while TDD...
18
JAN
2016

Top Ten Blog Posts for 2015

Last weekend I was reviewing the traffic on the website and here are the top ten articles that people were clicking on in 2015.  This list is really interesting, so take a moment to review the best of 2015 and enjoy!  Happy New Year! What is Teamicide? – last year I...
09
DEC
2015

Think in Code – The League of Amazing Programmers & The Next Ten Years of Agile

Concerned about the underrepresentation of women and minorities in software?  Interested in breaking the cycle of poverty in your community?  If these challenges concern you, then June Clarke and Nicole Clague have an interesting proposition – offer your time and share your...
10
NOV
2015

Just Be Honest: My First Ten Years of Scrum

Back in 2005, I had just finished working on my last XP team and about ready to begin work for a large defense contractor in San Diego (HUGE mistake!!).  I had some free time between jobs and noticed that Ken Schwaber would be in San Diego to teach one of the very early Certified...
13
OCT
2015

A Visual Control for the Masses – A Task Board

One of the greatest challenges to trust, collaboration and self-organization in the workplace is visibility.  This is because most of software development is intellectual work without physical representation.  We take complex ideas on what a software product should do and express...
15
SEP
2015

Avoiding Decision Asteroids in Scrum

Ever have the experience that a decision made at one meeting later gets undone by decision made at a different meeting?  Or perhaps you have sat through a real long meeting to discuss an important issue only to find out the real decision was made later in the week by a different...
09
SEP
2015

Levels of Involvement for a Meeting (5)

Ever show up to a meeting expecting your ideas and comments to be taken in consideration only to be cut short by the clock?  Or perhaps you have had the experience of participating in a Q&A session only to see it morph into a sustained dialogue between two parties that goes...
04
SEP
2015

Types of Meetings (or Dialogues) at Work

Meetings are such a disaster!  There are so many things wrong with meetings today from the frequency of meetings to number of participants to a complete lack of purpose to horrible facilitation, that I do not know where to begin.  IMO, the biggest problem with most meetings is...
27
AUG
2015

Scrum ceremony vs. meeting

A meeting is any conversation that results in a decision in order to get something done.  Since the goal of the meeting is to arrive at a decision, the meeting participants stay in the meeting until they have arrived at the decision – not one second longer, not one second...