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Working with Difficult People and Resistance in Scrum

by Mark Levison on  Nov 24, 2010 4

How do you work with difficult and uncooperative people? People who are combative or unprofessional? People who seem actively opposed to the agenda?

Selling Scrum to Your Manager?

by Mark Levison on  Oct 07, 2010 2

Trying to Sell Scrum to Management? Failing and wondering why? This often happens in the days after someone returns from a CSM course ready to help change the world.

Automatic Resource Management in Java

by Alex Blewitt on  Aug 23, 2010 6

Part of Project Coin is the ability to deal with Automatic Resource Management, or simply ARM. The purpose is to make it easier to work with external resources which need to be disposed or closed in case of errors or successful completion of a code block. An initial implementation is now available in OpenJDK.

Leverage Points: places to intervene in a system

by Dave West on  Jul 29, 2010

A key decision for software architects involves where and how to introduce change into a system in order to effect a desired change. Leverage points are those places where micro changes can result in macro results. Twelve categories of leverage point are identified along with concerns about the changes.

The End of an Era: Scala Community Arrives, Java Deprecated

by Ryan Slobojan on  Apr 01, 2010 14

It was recently announced that InfoQ is creating a new Operations community. In addition to that, another major change which has been in the works for the last few months at InfoQ is the conversion of the Java community to the Scala community. InfoQ spoke with a prominent Scala expert and members of the former InfoQ Java editorial team to learn more about this change and why it was made.

Case Study: Migrating a VB6 Large Application to .NET

by Abel Avram on  Dec 15, 2009 5

An IT services provider company has migrated an ERP application totaling 950,000 lines of VB6 code to .NET in 9 months.

JDK 7 Unexpectedly Gets “Simple” Closures, but is Pushed Back to End of 2010

by Dio Synodinos on  Nov 19, 2009 10

During his Devoxx talk, Mark Reinhold has announced that JDK 7 will have Closures. With the inclusion of this much debated feature, JDK 7 schedule will be extended until around September 2010.

Roundup: Scala as the long term replacement for Java

by Dio Synodinos on  Jul 09, 2009 26

Scala has been receiving much attention lately as a possible candidate to replace Java in the future. James Strachan creator of Groovy advocates in favor of Scala as James Gosling, creator of Java and Charles Nutter JRuby Core Developer, have done in the past.

COBOL to Java Automatic Migration with GPL'ed Tools

by Dio Synodinos on  Jul 03, 2009 6

During the NACA project run by Publicitas Ltd., 4m lines of COBOL were automatically trans-coded (migrated) toward their Java equivalent. The company claims that the recurrent annual savings in cash-outs amount to a total of 3m euros and has released the tools from the NACA project under GPL.

Presentation: Democratic Political Technology Revolution

by Dave West on  Jun 01, 2009 1

The state of the art in political technology evolved radically 2004-2008. In 2004, software development in Democratic political campaigns consisted of a few rag-tag hackers taking shots in the dark and building applications. In 2008, political start-ups built innovative social applications that raised nearly 1/2 billion dollars, and elected a President.

Doing Agile After Layoffs

by Mark Levison on  Jan 07, 2009

Part of a development team has been laid off, the team is down to four developers with a part time Scrum Master and no dedicated Product Owner. Is Scrum still applicable? What options are there? How does one adapt?

Tips to Improve Retrospectives

by Mark Levison on  Dec 17, 2008

Advice from Esther Derby, George Dinwiddie, Jo Geske, Mike Sutton and Ilja Preuss on how to make retrospectives better. The ideas include tips for the facilitator/Scrum Master and new ways to use the burndown chart.

Overcoming Resistance to Change

by Mark Levison on  Aug 21, 2008 1

Any change whether an Agile implementation or re-arranging the office furniture is going to encounter some resistance. The real question is how we react when that happens. Dave Nicolette and Lasse Koskela's workshop - was designed too help us understand where resistance comes from and how to handle it.

Software Development: A Traffic Jam Waiting To Happen

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Aug 04, 2008 5

Software development is Hard. One of the main reasons is that it is a complex adaptive system. Agile - when done right - seems to do a very good job of providing stabilizing feedback. We take a look at what it means for something to be a 'complex adaptive system' and what particular practices in Agile help us out.

Programming Processes

by Kurt Christensen on  Aug 03, 2008 3

Whether deep inside the brain, within software, or even within the teams which develop software, how do processes work, how do they misfire, and how can they be altered to achieve the desired results?

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