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Effectiveness of Meetings in Development Process

by Savita Pahuja on  Oct 16, 2014

Software development initiatives include different types of meetings, spread across the whole development process. A post on the Mobile Orchard blog explains tips and tricks to check and improve the effectiveness of these meetings.

The Importance of Discipline in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Oct 16, 2014 4

Agile software development is sometimes perceived as an undisciplined way of working. There are organizations which use that perception as an excuse to not adopt agile. According to others agile is actually a more disciplined approach than waterfall for software development. Let’s explore how discipline plays a role in agile and why discipline is considered important for agile to be successful.

How DevOps Complements Agile at Nokia Entertainment

by Ben Linders on  Nov 15, 2013

Agile has the manifesto and principles, it focuses on people, clarity for the stakeholders, faster delivery, and happier customers, so why would you need DevOps? John Clapham from Nokia Entertainment in Bristol talked at the Agile Methods in the Finance Sector and Complex Environment conference about what DevOps is and what it has brought to their business.

A Course Is Not Mandatory Anymore for the Professional Software Developer 1 Assessment

by Ben Linders on  Oct 31, 2013

Scrum.org announced that it is no longer mandatory to do a Professional Software Developer 1 course to do the PSD 1 assessment and become certified.

Changing the Culture for Agile

by Ben Linders on  Dec 20, 2012

Organizations have a need for changing the culture when implementing agile. Different approaches exist to spread agile ideas and make changes happen.

Individual Yield

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Dec 28, 2011 6

Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

Mitchell Harper: University Education of Software Engineers is a Waste of Time

by Michael Stal on  Nov 15, 2011 45

Mitch Harper, co-founder of BigCommerce.com, claimed in a recent issue of the Sydney Morning Herald that university education might be the wrong way to become a software engineer. According to Harper, a self-educated software engineer without an university degree: universities leave their students rather unprepared for the realities of being a software engineer.

High-performance Teams – Avoiding Teamicide

by Shane Hastie on  Jun 05, 2009 3

High-performance teams constitute a mere 2% of the workforce, but Agile processes appear to stimulate the formation of these types of teams. This article discusses Steve Denning's perspective on how such teams can be nurtured in the workplace; it also looks at a recent talk by Ominlab Media's Stefan Gillard on how to select and employ for the formation of high-performance teams.

Presentation: The Ethics of Error Prevention

by David West on  Mar 20, 2009 2

No one wants programming errors. We have many tools to detect and correct errors in code. We also have a number of techniques we can use to prevent the introduction of errors. In this presentation, Michael Feathers t looksat error prevention while posing a number of interesting questions.

Undergraduate Textbook for Agile Development

by Mike Bria on  Jul 30, 2008 1

One unfortunate modern truth about software engineering university graduates is that a frightening number come out of school with little to no applicable knowledge about agile software development. A soon to be published undergraduate textbook by Orit Hazzan and Yael Dubinsky is a step towards turning this around.

Crunch Mode And Making Superstars Average

by Mike Bria on  Feb 26, 2008 3

James Golick and Reg Braithwaite discuss the often overlooked realities of how putting teams into "Crunch Mode" can have undesirable results. The discussion looks at various ways applying pressure to a team often results in putting your project into not better but worse shape and how teams and managers might benefit by taking a different approach.

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