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  • The Most Common Reasons Why Software Projects Fail

    by Taylor Putnam-Majarian & Doug Putnam on  Jul 13, 2015 16

    Knowing the basics of software development can greatly improve the project outcome; however, that alone is not enough to prevent project failures. Projects can be categorized as failures because of cost overruns, late deliveries or poor quality, but the right estimation processes can increase the likelihood of project success.

  • Q&A on Fifty Quick Ideas to Improve Your Tests

    by Ben Linders on  Jun 23, 2015

    An interview with Gojko Adzic, David Evans and Tom Roden on why they wrote this book, how quantifying quality can support testing, balancing trust levels when testing large and complex systems, why automating manual tests is almost always a bad idea, on using production metrics in testing, how to reduce or prevent duplication in test code, and on upcoming books in the fifty quick ideas series.

  • Probabilistic Project Planning Using Little’s Law

    by Dimitar Bakardzhiev on  Jun 21, 2015 4

    When working on projects, it is most of the time necessary to forecast the project delivery time up front. Little’s Law can help any team that uses user stories for planning and tracking project execution no matter what development process it uses. We use a project buffer to manage the inherent uncertainty associated with planning and executing a fixed-bid project and protect its delivery date.

Q&A on Test Driven Development and Code Smells with James Grenning

Posted by Ben Linders on  Jun 19, 2015

James Grenning talks about why people are not doing technical practices sufficiently or well enough, TDD and unit tests, and on becoming better in discovering "bad code”.

Using Experiments and Data to Innovate and Build Products Customers Actually Use

Posted by Ben Linders on  May 28, 2015

An interview with Jan Bosch about getting benefits from increasing delivery speed, steps after adopting Agile and DevOps, using experiments to innovate, and practices for experimentation.

Q&A with Sandro Mancuso about The Software Craftsman

Posted by Ben Linders on  Apr 25, 2015

The book The Software Craftsman contains stories, examples and practical advice for software developers and other project professionals to achieve technical excellence and customer satisfaction. 1

Coding Culture: How To Build Better Products by Building Stronger Teams

Posted by Sven Peters on  Apr 14, 2015

Software developers spend time and energy on building the best possible products looking at web frameworks, using a NoSQL or SQL database, etc. There's another equally important aspect: culture. 1

Refactoring Coderetreats: In Search of Simple Design

Posted by David Parsons on  Mar 20, 2015

Developers across the globe attend coderetreats to learn from each other and refine their software design skills, but how do they work? What do people say about them? How can we make them even better? 3

Revisiting XP: be a thoughtful programmer by exercising more collective ownership

Posted by Tiago Romero Garcia on  Mar 01, 2015

Frequently developers cause and face regular frustration often due to a lack of consideration for those who come after them. This article explores collective code ownership to address this. 2

James Grenning on Technical Excellence

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Feb 27, 2015

At then recent Agile Singapore conference James Grenning presented two technically focused talks - one on the importance of technical excellence and the other teaching test driven development. 3

Technical Debt: A Repayment Plan

Posted by Jeremy Jarrell on  Feb 22, 2015

All teams eventually face technical debt. In this article Jeremy gives see a useful metaphor for understanding technical debt, explaining it to stakeholders, and dealing with it in an efficient way. 4

Evo: The Agile Value Delivery Process, Where ‘Done’ Means Real Value Delivered; Not Code

Posted by Tom Gilb & Kai Gilb on  Jan 26, 2015

This article describes what ‘Evo’ is at core, and how it is different from other Agile practices, and why ‘done’ should mean ‘value delivered to stakeholders’. 1

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