ScrumBut

I worked on my first XP project with John Boal.  He recently did a post on ScrumBut.  I have mentioned ScrumBut and Scrummerfall before, but this is a good, quick read with a few good tips.  A lot of the concepts carry over to XP as well.   I’ll add something though: Make sure your…


Acceptance Testing Guidance

On Monday, Grigori and I kicked off a new project: Acceptance Testing Guidance Actually, we kicked off a pre-project planning project. In two to three weeks, we need to decide if there is enough demand for guidance on acceptance testing to warrant a real project, determine the scope of the project, generate a preliminary backlog…

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Creating a List of Examples (a.k.a. a Test List)

Brian has a great post on how to get an EDD (Example Driven Design) coding session started with a list of examples.  Of course, Brian uses the terms “TDD” and “Creating a Test List”, but the idea is the same. [Author’s Note: Because TDD (Test Driven Design)  is such an overloaded term, and misleads people into thinking about…

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How are unit tests different from acceptance tests?

There was a question on one of the internal aliases today about the difference between unit tests and acceptance tests.  I responded with my take on it.  After some consideration, I decided to share this with the world as well.  Of course, I have edited this a tiny bit to make sense by itself, and…

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Ideal Days Aren’t…

Mitch has an interesting post (http://blogs.msdn.com/mitchl/default.aspx) that talks about ideal developer days, and he hits the nail on the head… There are no ideal developer days…. Ever.  Planning and estimating using them is kidding yourself, since there is always something that keeps folks from being 100% focused on their project.  It could be that you…

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Team Rooms Increase Productivity

Today, I saw two very interesting things.  First, Peter pointed out that Channel 9 has a tour of the new p&p space.  (I know that I have mentioned the space at least three times in the past, but I’m still excited about it.  I’m excited not only by what I am doing and the people…

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Sortable, Sticky Index Cards

My team (which is running a modified version of XP) is currently using sticky notes on the wall to track our work items and stories.  We have a big area for all the project features. We use those giant (3 foot or so) sticky notes to hold a weekly iteration worth of work, and we archive the accomplishments of…

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Agile 2006 Follow-up

The conference was good.  The weather was way too hot, but that is another issue entirely.  I attended a number of good sessions and a few dull ones.  There was not really anything in the middle.  There was also not a lot in the middle as far as experience.  Most things seemed to be aimed at…

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Another Agile blog at Microsoft

I know that there a quite a few agilists at Microsoft.  In my reading over the weekend, I saw this blog (Only Passionate People Win) by Young Joo, and I had to comment. Here are a few of his posts on agile topics with my comments: Abusing AgileAmen.  You still do not get it! I…

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