Technical Debt is widely regarded as a bad thing that should be paid back as soon as possible, however it can be a strategy that helps balance short-term wins and long-term productivity. The article describes different ways that a project could pay back Technical Debt and what factors must be considered when deciding if you should repay, convert debt or just pay the interest.
Dr Rebecca Parsons is the Chief Technology Officer for ThoughtWorks, and a Director of the Agile Alliance. At the Agile Australia conference in Melbourne she discussed the trends in database technology around NoSQL databases, the linking of continuous design with continuous delivery and the impact of the mainstream adoption of agile practices on the Agile Alliance.
Philippe Kruchten attended the 10 year anniversary event at Snowbird. He discusses a number of elephants in the agile room (topics that need to be addressed, but have been pointedly ignored) that were identified at that meeting. Ranging from politics to lack of context when implementing agile to the role of the agile alliance the participants raised these points for the community to consider.
Chris Matts who has been part of the Agile Conference submission review team gives advice to submitters of Agile 2011 candidate sessions on how improve their changes of acceptance. 1
Dr. Linda Rising talks about experiments conducted many years ago, presenting how deep, powerfully affecting, and difficult to avoid are human “prejudices” and “stereotypes”. 1
"So you want to be a famous Agilist?" The 2007 AgileAdvert contest winner was announced at Agile2007 last week: it is "Matthew", sadly a victim of "Developer Abuse". See all the winners here!
Agile Alliance Board member Diana Larsen recently asked her fellow board members: "Where is Agile Headed?" This article compiles the trends they've seen and expect to see over the next 5 years. 26