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06
MAR
2017

What is the best way to motivate Team members?

Stop doing things that demotivate people! Seriously…there are a lot of silly things that people are expected to endure in big companies that are severely demotivating. Almost all of Peopleware is spent identifying how common practices in software management demotivates...
09
JUN
2014

Everyone is Responsible for Quality in Scrum

To build a quality product we need to let go of the outdated 20th century idea that quality can be achieved through inspection alone, i.e. testing.  Instead, let us focus on constructing a framework that produces quality outcomes from the beginning and the two Lean concepts...
18
NOV
2013

No Points for Bugs

To start this post, I want to share a bit of dialogue between two characters in the 1987 movie The Princess Bride after their repeated attempts to foil the main character (in this case, after cutting a rope he was climbing).  This esoteric reference  demonstrates how completely...
27
APR
2010

Best Links of the Week – Mar 27th 2010

More good links to share with others. Ouija Board Estimation\Seance Sizing – a new method for estimation that relies on team, not the undead. Is the Agile Community Being Unreasonable? – InfoQ takes a look at the friction between the PMBOK and Agile principles....
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
DEC
2008

Is Code Foreclosure In Your Future?

I want to use this post to talk about the concept of design debt (or technical debt) to describe the variety of “shortcuts” software developers take to compromise design quality in order to gain a short term boost in productivity.  While there may be many good reasons to take...