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Forging ahead - Scaling the BBC into Web/2.0

Posted by Dirk-Willem van Gulik  on  Sep 02, 2009 2

Dirk Willem discusses the changes underway at the BBC, a top 5 destination in the UK. The changes focus on replacing static HTML with dynamic technologies, web/2.0 and social networking, empowering the creative staff to better communicate with their audience. Also covered: techniques used to achieve massive scaling and coping with transaction speeds that exceed relational database capabilities.

Rebuilding guardian.co.uk With DDD

Posted by Phil Wills  on  Jul 22, 2009 2

This presentation explores how the platform driving the guardian.co.uk, (3 time winner of the 'Best Newspaper' Webby), site was almost completely rebuilt using the principles of DDD. Key evolutions of our model, how DDD encouraged domain experts to greater iinvolvement, and how we maintained a deep, malleable domain model, whilst meeting deadlines are also discussed.

Meeting the Challenge of Simplicity

Posted by Giles Colborne  on  May 15, 2009 2

This session addresses abstract notion of simplicity, looks at why it is critical in modern UI design and answers questions: Why does simplicity matter? Is there a meaningful definition of simplicity? Why do design processes and good intentions undermine simplicity? What processes and techniques can software developers use to achieve simplicity?

How to Work With Business Leaders to Manage Architectural Change

Posted by Luke Hohmann  on  Nov 26, 2008 1

Successful architectures evolve over time to meet the needs of changing business requirements. In this talk, Luke Hohmann presents how to collaborate with key members of your business, including product management, product marketing, and product owners, to manage architectural changes that promote quality, using techniques and language that they will understand and support.

When Working Software Is Not Enough: A Story of Project Failure

Posted by Mitch Lacey  on  Sep 20, 2008 20

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Mitch Lacey talks about a real life project that was on the verge of being successful, but was deemed as unsuccessful by the customer. Considering that "the true measure of project progress is working software", Mitch and his team delivered the software, but the client was not satisfied.

Do the Hustle

Posted by Obie Fernandez  on  Aug 17, 2008 8

Obie Fernandez will leverage his experience successfully selling consulting services for both Thoughtworks and Hashrocket to help you with the following questions: How do I figure out how to price my services? How do I figure out the kind of work I want to sell? How do I write contracts and statements of work? What about proposals? And RFPs? How do I close the deal?

Natural Laws of Software Development - Deriving Agile Practices

Posted by Ron Jeffries & Chet Hendrickson  on  Aug 17, 2008 3

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson derive Agile practices from the natural laws of software development. They don't just say "Be Agile!", but they explain why Agile practices make perfect sense in the software development world.

Meeting the Usability Challenge

Posted by Larry Constantine  on  Jul 07, 2008 1

Although nearly everyone acknowledges the importance of user experience, usability often ends up pushed to the back of the queue. How then can we know whether what we are delivering makes sense and will work for our users? This presentation shows an approach to usability, focusing on activities in which users engage offers the potential for delivering dramatic improvements with much less effort.

Intentional Software - Democratizing Software Creation

Posted by Charles Simonyi and Henk Kolk  on  May 15, 2008 3

Business users doing programming? Charles Simonyi and Henk Kolk presents how Intentional Software offers a radical new software approach that separates business knowledge from software engineering knowledge, which means that business experts can be more innovative and responsive to the changes in the domain.

Business Natural Languages Development in Ruby

Posted by Jay Fields  on  May 08, 2008 3

Jay Fields presents his concept of Business Natural Languages (BNL). BNLs are a type of Domain Specific Language, designed to be readable by any subject matter expert, which allows to create maintainable specifications and documentation. The example language is shown using Ruby.

Context-Driven Agile Leadership: Managing Complexity and Uncertainty

Posted by Todd Little  on  Feb 11, 2008

Of course, "anything more than 'barely sufficient' process is waste," but what does that mean for your team, or my next project? In this 60 minute presentation from the APLN Leadership Summit at Agile2006, Todd Little shared a model to help choose the right "flavour" of Agile for different kinds of projects, and discussed the importance of 'steering' throughout the project's duration.

Leading the Agile Way: Duty. Honor. Delivery.

Posted by Mark Salamango & John Cunningham  on  Dec 31, 2007

Here is a story about Agile's use in a governmental organisation: at the 2006 APLN Leadership Summit Mark Salamango and John Cunningham looked at the problems and opportunities of introducing Agile in Army environments. True Agile practices cannot be 'commanded' or 'directed’ but frequent delivery offers Agile leaders a "soft" kind of power that is, in fact, very effective.

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