Architecture Driven Agile Development

As a follow on to my As Agile As Possible post, here’s a recent blog entry from David Anderson on Large Scale Agile Development. He references another article from Scott Ambler on scaling agile, this time focused on how architecture enables scaling of agile projects. Leveraging ‘just enough’ up front architecture work to enable teams…

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As Agile As Possible

Plan Driven vs. Agile, ScrumBut, Good Agile, Bad Agile – there’s a constant dialogue going on regarding what is agile, if you are truly being agile, if agile is good or evil, if you are following or violating the rules, etc. This debate especially comes into play when you move past the optimal team size…

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Trust

Trust is like earning interest in a bank. It can take forever to earn it, but you can lose it in a moment of spending. I can’t recall where I picked up the paraphrased quote in above – it was in somebody’s blog that I read and it was in the last year. I really…

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Recipe for Team Excellence

  My new role as our team’s Test Manager marks the fourth team that I’ve managed in the past 13 years of leading software teams. The transitions have always been a time when I’m forced to step back to think about what I want to accomplish as a team leader and team member of my…

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Did you meet your estimate?

Steve McConnell has a new book out, Software Estimation – Demystifying the Black Art. While I’ve only read the first chapter, I found some interesting content. Say you’ve estimated and planned a project to complete in 20 weeks. Twenty weeks later, your team successfully delivers the project – woo hoo! Sounds like you and your…

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New season, new job – must be time to start blogging again…

The weather is cooling, school has started, and the long, warm days of summer are starting to fade from my mind. It’s hard to believe that fall is upon us, but it is. It also means that my seemingly annual hiatus from blogging must end and I must get back to posting. But before we…

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Trustworthy Transparency??

Brad Appleton’s post on Trustworthy Transparency over Tiresome Traceability hit close to home. I believe there are some good ideas behind this that my team can leverage for its release wide planning efforts. Take a look at what Brad has to say as well as his links to David Anderson’s posts on the topic. I…

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Mashups

While doing some blog reading about TechEd, I kept running across the term “mash-up”. While the term and the context have given me a decent idea of what a mashup is, I decided to look it up. Wikipedia defines a mashup as “a website or web application that uses content from more than one source…

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Agile 2006 Conference

This is the last week for Super Early Bird Registration for the Agile 2006 Conference. It is being held from July 23-26th in Minneapolis. I attended the conference last year (see my recap) and found it a great conference to challenge traditional thinking on software development. While I’m not planning to attend this year, we…

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Back in a Rhythm…. Sort of

Since my overall team changed divisions last fall and my feature team took on a new area , it’s been a struggle to get into much of a development rhythm.  The different feature teams working in Fargo were all at a different place in their learning curve and development progress.  We were out of sync….

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