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Pomodoro - An Agile Approach to Time Management

by Chris Sims on  Sep 28, 2009 7

A personal time management approach known as "The Pomodoro Technique" is becoming quite popular with agile practitioners. Pomodoro includes a number of practices similar to those used by an agile team: time-boxing, frequent opportunities to inspect-and-adapt, estimation, a preference for low-tech tools, and an emphasis on maintaining a sustainable pace.

Interview with Bas Vodde at Agile 2008

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Jun 02, 2009 1

Bas Vodde describes strategies for large teams with legacy software to adopt Scrum successfully. Bas discusses communication problems found in most component teams and why and how teams - especially large ones - should make the change to feature teams and how that change affects organizational structure.

Measuring Agility, Craftsmanship, and Success

by Chris Sims on  May 25, 2009 1

While Scott Ambler, Ross Pettit and others continue to pursue the creation of a maturity model for agile, David Starr has looked at how and why an organization might want to measure things like: agility, craftsmanship, and organizational success. He found craftsmanship relatively easy to measure, while agility was the most difficult to measure in a useful way.

Interview: Jeff Patton on Embracing Uncertainty

by Amr Elssamadisy on  May 13, 2009

In this interview with Jeff Patton at Agile 2008, he talks about three strategies that can help product owners do their job more effectively by embracing the inherent uncertainty in all software development. Namely they are understanding the ultimate goals of the project, delaying decisions until the last responsible moment, and scaling up by building quality.

Interview with Robin Dymond at Agile 2008

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Apr 07, 2009 1

Robin Dymond gives an overview of Lean, how it can help take Agile to the 'next level' and why organizations that fail to change will not have successful Agile teams. Robin describes an organizational mismatch between traditional hierarchies and team structures. He believes that organizations will need to reorganize around teams to get the most out of Agile.

Interview with Pollyanna Pixton at Agile 2008

by on  Mar 13, 2009

Pollyanna Pixton tells us that within a culture of trust leaders must stand back and if they don't then they are hampering and restricting the productivity and the creativity and the innovation of teams. She discusses how leaders can foster a culture of trust and what they must do to get the most out of Agile teams.

Interview with Brian Marick at Agile 2008

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Feb 23, 2009 2

Brian Marick discusses what he means by micro-scale-retro-futurist-anachro-syndicalism and why we should go back to the roots of Agile. He talks about what he thinks were the mistakes in the Agile Manifesto, how it has lead to the state of the Agile community today, and how we can build better systems by making them so that they are much more easily tested.

Interview: Software Design Helps Being Agile

by Abel Avram on  Feb 05, 2009 3

In this interview made by InfoQ’s Deborah Hartmann during Agile 2008, Rebecca Wirfs-Brock talks about software design, the need for good design and the technical debt that might accumulate slowing down the development process. The conclusion is that agile developers should not disregard design.

Interview: Similarities Between Interaction Designers and Agile Programmers

by Abel Avram on  Jan 29, 2009

In this interview taken during Agile 2008, Alan Cooper, the father of Visual Basic and supporter of interaction design, talks about his contact with the Agile movement and the similarities discovered between Agile programmers and interaction designers.

Interview: Keith Braithwaite, an Agile Skeptic

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2008 10

In this interview made by InfoQ’s Amr Elssamadisy during Agile 2008, Keith Braithwaite, an Agile developer, consultant and trainer, says that we should show a good deal of skepticism towards today’s Agile practice.

Presentation: Principles and Practices of Lean-Agile Software Development

by Abel Avram on  Nov 20, 2008

In this presentation held during Agile 2008, Alan Shalloway, CEO and founder of Net Objectives, presents the Lean software development principles and practices and how they can benefit to Agile practitioners.

Interview: Pressure and Performance – The CTO's Dilemma

by Abel Avram on  Nov 14, 2008 1

In this interview made by Deborah Hartmann during Agile 2008, Diana Larsen and Jim Shore talk about patterns observed in CTOs' activity. CTOs emerge as real people caring for other people in their organization, and are put under a lot of pressure and constraints.

Presentation: Reaching Hyper-Productivity with Outsourced Development Teams

by Abel Avram on  Nov 11, 2008 1

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum, and Guido Schoonheim, CTO of Xebia, present an actual case of reaching hyper-productivity with a large distributed team using XP and Scrum.

Presentation: Technical Lessons Learned Turning the Agile Dials to Eleven

by Abel Avram on  Oct 30, 2008 2

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Craig Smith and Paul King present what happens when one tries to be super Agile. Practically, they employed most currently used Agile practices on several projects, then they experimented with new ideas leading them to better results, increased productivity and quality.

Interview: Linda Rising: Prejudices Can Alter Team Work

by Abel Avram on  Oct 27, 2008 1

In this interview filmed during Agile 2008, following the presentation "Who Do You Trust?", Linda Rising shows how prejudices can affect the relationships between team members. According to Linda, we all have a tendency to categorize others based on characteristics like race, religion, sex, but also based on more trivial characteristics, and many times we are not even aware we are doing it.

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