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03
NOV
2016

What are the most common mistakes or misconceptions when organizations start Scrum?

Here are the three most common mistakes (in no particular order) that I see with my clients who are struggling to implement and sustain long-term Agile adoption. Weak Product Owners – without a Product Owner (PO), Scrum does not work.  Thankfully, most of my clients have...
19
JUL
2016

Four Essential Skills to Master for 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...
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...
15
JUL
2014

Your Code Sucks!!

….is usually not an approach that works.  However, how do you start the conversation when there is an issue with somebody’s code (or work performance) that needs to be addressed that still preserves the relationship? Earlier this week in the Certified ScrumMasters...
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....
22
FEB
2010

Best Links of the Week – Feb 22nd 2010

Links to share with your friends and co-workers Is an Agile PMO possible? – Curt Finch talks about the values of both Agile practices, PMI standards and how to marry the two. Self-organization: the secret sauce for improving your Scrum team – In this 90-miute video...
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...
29
AUG
2008

Extract Class & the Single Responsibility Principle

Last week we talked about Extract Method and why it is so important to know and love.  This week, we are going to discuss another very important principle in object-oriented design and how Extract Class can help us build and maintain better code. If you are familiar with Robert...
23
AUG
2008

Extract Method – The Most Important Refactoring EVER

Coming off my last rant, I thought it might be valuable to the community if I were to blog on the various refactorings I felt software developers should be using if they consider themselves professionals. To that end, I am going to borrow the refactoring patterns from Martin...
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