Laughing can help to create a better team climate which can lead to better results. There is compelling evidence that happiness and positivity can lead to success. Here are some suggestions for what you can do when you want to improve happiness in teams.
Pair Programming is good for increasing the software quality and collaboration within team members but it is hard to implement. This news describes the reasons why it is hard and how to figure out good practices of pair programming for your team.
The software craftsmanship movement talks about practicing as a way to to develop programming skills to become software craftsmen. Technical practices are considered to be important, it takes time to learn them and become better programmers.
Valentin Tudor Mocanu described upgraded form of pair programming using pairing and non-solo development.
Software debt exists in different ways. Technical debt is widely known, some other forms are competence debt and quality debt. Software debt can cause product maintenance costs to increase and can depress developers. Several solutions exist to manage software debt.
An exploration of recent advice from Henrik Knibert, Ward Cunningham and Hayim Makabee on technical debt, how to make the most of it and when to pay it off.
Simplicity, feedback, communication, respect and courage, these eXtreme Programming (XP) values still inspire the team of the XP Days Benelux 2013 conference. InfoQ did an interview with two of the conference hosts, Merlijn van Minderhout and Pascal Van Cauwenberghe, about new developments in agile, successful agile transformations and the needs of European organizations in agile adoption.
Swarming is a technique that helps agile teams to deliver working software fast and frequently. What is swarming, what are the benefits of swarming, and when and how to apply it?
The Wall Street Journal has begun to take notice of the growing number of technology companies that have been practicing Pair Programming and has published their take on the practice in an article titled Computer Programmers Learn Tough Lesson in Sharing.
Wikispeed founder Joe Justice gave a talk in Wellington, New Zealand, this week in which he spoke about the Wikispeed mission of "Rapidly Solving Problems for Social Good", starting by using agile techniques to build a 100MPG vehicle with the intent of creating a new approach to motor-vehicle manufacturing, using open-source and crowd-source approaches building on agile values and principles.
Forrester have recently released the results of their November 2011 Global Agile Software Application Development Online Survey in a report entitled "Survey Results: How Agile Is Your Organization?" It contains a number of interesting findings around how organisations that have adopted Agile are dealing with their implementation.
A recent post by Paul Dolman-Darrall on the Value, Flow, Quality blog proposed a list of the 20 most influential people in the Agile community.
The Agile community has a great tradition of making fun of itself and April Fools Day 2012 was no exception. Here is a wrap up of some of the best gags from this year that you may have missed.
Pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. The benefits of pair programming are well known and the technique is widely practiced. However, what is the best way to sit while pairing?
Agile coach Morgan Ahlström recently turned to the Agile Coach Support mailing list to ask how to deal with an organization that said they wanted the benefits of becoming more agile, but was behaving in ways contrary to that goal.