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Zen and the Art of Live Programming

Posted by Sam Aaron  on  Feb 11, 2013

Sam Aaron promotes the benefits of Live Programming using interactive editors, REPL sessions, real-time visuals and sound, live documentation and on-the-fly-compilation.

Peer Feedback, the Lynchpin of a Healthy Team

Posted by Chris Dagenais  on  Nov 27, 2012

Chris Dagenais considers that offering and receiving peer feedback is an essential part of communication within a healthy team. He discusses some of the obstacles and solutions for better feedback.

Design Never Stops: UX throughout Development

Posted by Adrian Howard  on  Jul 26, 2012

Adrian Howard addresses misconceptions that may affect the designer-developer relationship, detailing 6 principles helping UX designers better integrate into Agile teams.

Retrospectives: A Bit of Ceremony Can Be Useful

Posted by Aino Corry  on  Jul 13, 2012

Aino Corry argues for retrospectives, emphasizing their importance and providing advice on creating useful reflections on past activities.

Dealing with Information Overload and Improving Effectiveness

Posted by Scott Hanselman  on  May 30, 2012

Scott Hanselman advices on dealing with information overload: audit and sort info sources, schedule work sprints, turn off distractions, triaging the inbox, having a personal toolbox.

Retrospectives: A Bit of Ceremony Can Be Useful

Posted by Aino Corry  on  Apr 25, 2012

Aino Corry’s message is that if we skip retrospectives there will be problems that we don’t understand where they come from nor what to do to solve them.

Coming Out of Your Shell: Using UX Workshops to Your Advantage in a Techie/Scientific Setting

Posted by Jenny Cham  on  Mar 29, 2012

Jenny Cham teaches how to plan workshops having a technical or scientific audience in order to impress the audience, get feedback and get the best results.

How We Got Here, And What To Do About It

Posted by Barry Hawkins  on  Feb 17, 2012 4

Barry emphasizes the need to continue thinking critically about the processes and practices we embrace, accounting for the context in which they exist, and the importance of reflection and refinement at both the organizational and personal levels.

Understanding the Magic of Lean Product Development

Posted by Don Reinertsen  on  Jan 27, 2012

In this presentation Don Reinertsen examines some key lean methods including queue management, batch size reduction, WIP constraints, and cadence. He also discusses the governing economic tradeoffs and how these methods can be exploited by product developers.

Personal Retrospectives: Self-acquaintance and Agility

Posted by Ainsley Nies  on  Apr 01, 2011

Ainsley Nies explains how to perform a personal retrospective: Clarify the Purpose, Assess Decision-making Influences, Gather Data, Distill the Learning and Transform Leaning into Plans.

A Scalable, Peer-led Model for Building Good Habits in Large & Diverse Development Teams

Posted by Jason Gorman  on  Oct 05, 2010 2

Jason Gorman presents how developers can learn TDD to the point of transforming the knowledge acquired into habits by exercising a number of practices over a period of 4-6 months followed by evaluation done by fellow co-workers.

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.

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