Agile Prioritization

Joel Spolsky and Dmitri Zimine mixed it up last November over whether or not to interrupt a team in the middle of an iteration.  I’m pretty late to this thread.  But, I think I have something to add.  So, here goes… Dmitri started the thread by arguing on behalf of never interrupting an iteration once…

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CNN International was just here…

A CNN International crew from Hong Kong was just here filming the patterns & practices agile development space.  They were working on a feature program called Global Office.  They filmed me while I pretended to be reading email on Peter’s laptop while sitting in our lounge.  Thank goodness I wore some decent clothes today!  I…

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BlogJet and Windows Live Writer

I’ve used both BlogJet and Windows Live Writer.  I’ve yet to make up my mind which I prefer.  Both are cool.  But, at the moment, I’m leaning towards the former. I especially like the fact that Toaster thought I might want to blog about trying their software.  Very effective word-of-mouth marketing!  Oh, and the quote Toaster added…


In Memoriam

Martha C. Turner(1911-2007) My grandmother died Monday of natural causes.  She was 95 years old.  And, until about a month ago, she was living at home, driving to church, and doing her own cooking and shopping. She was as sweet and gentle as she was determined and opinionated.  I loved her very much.  May she rest in…

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Blog Tag

How nice of Peter Provost AND Ade Miller to both tag my blog.  I feel special.  Actually, they’re probably just checking to make sure I’m reading their blogs.  (Ha!)  I’ll play along, but only because I (finally) found five more victims. You already know that I am a geek.  I work for Microsoft.  I have…

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Another TDD Convert

I recently stumbled upon the blog of a colleague, John Socha-Leialoha.  And, in familiarizing myself with his writing, I found these three solid little posts on what it was like to transition to Test-Driven Development: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love TDD Unit Tests for Learning and Experiments “Brittle” Unit Tests I especially…


Become a Certified Agile Software Specialist!

Thanks to the good folks over at Agile Certification Now, you too can join the legions of Certified Agile Software Specialists already making the industry a safer place. Follow the link.  You won’t be disappointed.


Capacity vs. Velocity

My team just completed a discussion – at times a rather passionate discussion – about what work items we should be tracking in TFS.  Sanjeev, our PM, argued in favor of tracking everything we do – except meetings.  I, lead dev and agile purist that I am, argued in favor of only tracking those work items that…

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