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Scaling Up by Scaling Down: A (re)Focus on Individual Skills

Posted by Ashley Johnson and Amr Elssamadisy  on  Sep 11, 2009

In this presentation, the causality between performance in the small (individuals and teams) and performance in the large is highlighted and explained. Discover what you can do as an individual regardless of your position in the hierarchy to enable higher performance software development.

Deliberate Practice in Software Development

Posted by Mary Poppendieck  on  Sep 11, 2009 2

In the nature vs. nurture debate, researchers have declared nurture the winner. People who excel are the ones who work the hardest; it takes ten+ years of deliberate practice to become an expert. Deliberate practice is not about putting in hours, it’s about working to improve performance. It does not mean doing what you are good at; it means challenging yourself under the guidance of a teacher.

I Come to Bury Agile, Not to Praise It

Posted by Alistair Cockburn  on  Sep 11, 2009 4

Agile came from small, colocated projects in the 1990s. It has spread to large, globally distributed commercial projects, affecting the IEEE, the PMI, the SEI and the Department of Defense. Agile now sits in a larger landscape and should be viewed accordingly. This talk shows that landscape, clarifying how classical agile fits in and what constitutes effective development outside that narrow area.

Agile by the Numbers: What People Are Really Doing in Practice

Posted by Scott Ambler  on  Sep 10, 2009 2

This talk summarizes the results of 4 years of industry surveys concerning the adoption and effectiveness of agile techniques. Very often the reality is significantly different than the rhetoric presented in mailing lists, in articles, and even in books. Many myths or ideas around Agile are explored, and some are proven false and some confirmed to be true based on survey results.

Integration Tests Are a Scam

Posted by J.B. Rainsberger  on  Sep 10, 2009 32

Integration tests are a scam. You’re probably writing 2-5% of the integration tests you need to test thoroughly. You’re probably duplicating unit tests all over the place. Your integration tests probably duplicate each other all over the place. When an integration test fails, who knows what’s broken? Learn the two-pronged attack that solves the problem: collaboration tests and contract tests.

Manager's Introduction to Test-Driven Development

Posted by Dave Nicolette and Karl Scotland  on  Nov 27, 2008 5

Dave Nicolette and Karl Scotland try to introduce non-technical managers to one of the most popular Agile development techniques: Test-Driven Development (TDD). The presentation intends to be a primer for managers who want to understand the value of TDD, and of Agile in general, in software development.

Principles and Practices of Lean-Agile Software Development

Posted by Alan Shalloway  on  Nov 17, 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.

Jeff Sutherland: Reaching Hyper-Productivity with Outsourced Development Teams

Posted by Jeff Sutherland and Guido Schoonheim  on  Nov 07, 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.

Technical Lessons Learned Turning the Agile Dials to Eleven

Posted by Craig Smith and Paul King  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.

Planning with a Large Distributed Team

Posted by Wes Williams and Mike Stout  on  Oct 16, 2008 1

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Wes Williams and Mike Stout share their recent experience with a large distributed team, the planning hurdles they encountered and how they passed them, and their recommendation: avoid large distributed teams.

Measuring Agile in the Enterprise: 5 Success Factors for Large-Scale Agile Adoption

Posted by Michael Mah  on  Oct 09, 2008 4

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Michael Mah analyzes the development process in 5 companies: 2 Agile (one of them BMC) and 3 classic. He measures the development productivity and effectiveness and compares the results with industry averages. He also presents the factors which contributed to the success of BMC's Agile adoption.

Fostering Software Craftsmanship in a Corporate Setting

Posted by Scott Dillman  on  Sep 28, 2008 3

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Scott Dillman talks about transforming developers into software craftsmen, people responsible for their work, continuously learning, taking pride in doing qualitative work, sharing knowledge and respecting professional standards.

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