The Agile community has a great tradition of making fun of itself and April Fools Day 2012 was no exception. Here is a wrap up of some of the best gags from this year that you may have missed.
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.
There are over a dozen Enterprise Architecture certifications available and they are becoming increasingly critical when hiring and evaluating architects. Microsoft’s Mike Walker categorized these certifications into a Reference Guide that can help architects better understand which certification(s) to pursue.
This is the 4th quarter 2011 update of scrum extensions. InfoQ will be looking at proposed and approved extensions each quarter to see how scrum changes and evolves.
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.
A brief summary and overview of the Agile 2011 conference held in Salt Lake City from 8-12 August. This article lists the key facts about the conference and identifies some of the highlights for this reporter. Future articles will expand on the content of a number of the talks.
Although many products and solutions increasingly leverage software as an essential fundament, software engineers are becoming a rare species in Western countries. The problem with scarce availability of well-educated software engineers is that many companies require more engineers then they can get and if that gap widens, this could damage the leading edge of some companies.
Pinal Dave has posted a 31-part series titled SQL Server – Interview Questions and Answers. It starts with general topics such as “What is Normalization?” and works its way to obscure topics such as “What is Difference between ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE and WITH NO_WAIT during ALTER DATABASE?”. Data warehousing is covered and there are even guest posts on SQL Azure.
The Scrum Alliance announced plans to strengthen the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) designation into "a certification program that meets worldwide standards for structure and testing required for accreditation." The CSP designation, goes beyond the CSM as it requires experience applying agile in the workplace. Details for a beta program will be in the next Scrum Alliance Newsletter.
Caucho Resin has recently been certified a compliant implementation of the EE 6 Web Profile, starting with version 4.0.17.
Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber welcomes PMI's establishment of its own Agile certification program, and has recently posted his thoughts.
With the growing presence of Agile sessions at PMI conferences, there was a strong speculation that PMI would be embracing Agile. PMI finally announced their own Agile certification.
In recent blog posting Dan North, well known expert for software engineering and employee of DRW Trading, explains his rejection to the Manifesto for Software Craftmanship. This posting raised some immediate responses in the community and among the readers of the blog. According to Dan 20000 people visited his blog and 150 people left comments.
Need to deliver some Scrum training? Exercises can be more effective than a dry presentation. These exercises teach Scrum principles and techniques.
Tobias Mayer's career in Scrum includes becoming one of the earliest Certified Scrum Trainers, or "CST”, authorized to grant the Certified Scrum Master credential to students who attend his Scrum courses. His career also includes being banished from the Scrum Alliance and later reinstated by Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of the Scrum framework. This is the final segment of a very candid interview.