Agile 2007: The First Thing to Build – Trust on Agile Teams

Diana Larsen is a special sort of nut.  She’s an organizational development and communications expert, not a technologist.  Her sessions touch on many of the softer skills necessary to thrive on a team (any team, not just an Agile team).  I’ve been seeking out and attending Diana’s sessions since my first experience with her and…

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Agile 2007: Having Fun with Rails & Agile Development

In 90 minutes, Garg, Matt and David built a working web photo sharing web site.  Garg played customer.  David played whip-cracker (um… PM), and David did all the heavy lifting with Rails. This talk was a high level introduction to the speed and power of Rails as a development environment.  As such, I found most…

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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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Crucial Conversations

Need to fire someone?  That’s probably going to be a crucial conversation.  Need to talk to your spouse about the fact that they are having an affair?  That’s almost certain to become to be a crucial conversation.  Need to gently, but firmly ask your pair-programming coworker to do something about their chronic halitosis?  Even that could turn into a crucial…

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