How my team does agile

As you know, I’m a big fan of agile software development. But what exactly does “agile” mean? If you ask a room full of software engineers that question, you’re sure to get as many different answers as there are people. I’m not going to try to tell you what agile is, or what it should…

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Why your customers will love agile (even if they think they hate it)

Project management methodology has never been a particularly sexy topic. While it’s always been necessary to employ some kind of process to guide any non-trivial software development project, in my experience most of the team will only expend the bare minimum effort to learn and follow the process (that is, just enough to get the…

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Welcome Glenn Block to p&p!

The patterns & practices team is very excited to welcome Glenn Block to the team. Glenn has joined as a Product Manager responsible for the Client program, looking after deliverables such as the Smart Client Software Factory and Web Client Software Factory. Glenn has taken over this role from Eugenio Pace, who has moved over…


Thoughts on Product Management

A lot has been written about the constantly evolving disciplines of development, test and project management. As software engineering matures and moves towards more agile approaches, many people have shared their thinking and experiences on how to do their jobs better. It occurred to me that I’ve seen practically nothing on the web or in…

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