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  • Pragmatic Techniques for Maintaining a Legacy Application

    by Ping Chen on  Jan 02, 2014 9

    Maintaining a legacy application can make you feel like mice in a maze. In this article Ping Chen shares her experiences on how to pragmatically maintain a large legacy application. "Pragmatic” is the operative word; since a legacy application can have lots of technical debt, one has to be strategic in choosing the right battles.

  • Tracking Schedule Progress in Agile

    by Yuval Yeret on  Jan 01, 2014 3

    The challenge of knowing whether we are on track to deliver haunts projectmanagers and developmentmanagers at various levels as their organizations take on agile approaches to product and project development. Driving towards smaller work items and lower work in process brings the benefits of both better project risk management as well as more effective agile execution and learning.

  • I’d Rather Be Coding – Writing Things Down

    by Nate McKie on  Dec 31, 2013 5

    For lots of reasons, most developers hate writing down anything that isn’t code. The Agile Manifesto deemphasizes documentation, but there are times on a project when a little documentation can go a long way. In this article, we will explore why collaboration over comprehensive documentation shouldn’t mean “NO” documentation – and when you should stop coding and start writing things down.

Retrospectives Applied as “PROspectives"

Posted by Hans-Peter Korn on  Dec 28, 2013

PROspectives help us to reflect more often, independently of acute, unexpected problems and without time pressure, to uncover ideas for future improvements. 12

Book Review and Author Q&A - Explore It! by Elisabeth Hendrickson

Posted by Sharon Robson on  Dec 24, 2013

Elisabeth Hendrickson has released a book on the practices, techniques and mindset of exploratory testing. Sharon Robson reviewed the book and raised some questions with the author. 1

Architecture and Agility: Married, Divorced, or Just Good Friends?

Posted by Frank Buschmann and Kevlin Henney on  Dec 21, 2013

This article describes the relationship between architecture and process of software development and how architecture can respond to functional requirements and developer habitability. 1

The Gentle Art of Running a Lean Startup

Posted by Yiannis Mavraganis on  Dec 20, 2013

Yiannis relates the practices and approach of running a Lean Startup organisation with the skills and disciplines needed in the martial arts through his practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 2

Spreading CMMI Practices among Agile Teams in Big Organizations

Posted by Nicolás Afonso Alonso on  Dec 16, 2013

Agile and CMMI complement each other well. Big organizations with self-organized teams can achieve technical maturity levels, by using a common metalanguage and a good-practices catalog. 1

Agile Walls

Posted by Sharon Robson on  Dec 14, 2013

The concept of walls as information radiators and communication tools is central to the agile mind-set. Using the right wallware and the information they provide can make or break an agile team. 1

The Perfect Dev/Test Lab: 10 Principles that make it Possible

Posted by Rami Tamir on  Dec 12, 2013

Software can take inordinate amounts of time to develop and test. With the cloud, achieving hyper-agile software development is feasible with these key principles for building a next-gen dev/test lab.

Key Takeaway Points and Lessons Learned from QCon San Francisco 2013

Posted by Abel Avram on  Dec 10, 2013

This article summarizes the key takeaways and highlights from QCon San Francisco 2013 as blogged and tweeted by attendees.

Applying Lean Thinking to Software Development

Posted by Steven Peeters on  Dec 05, 2013

Lean’s major concept is reducing waste: removing anything that is not adding value to the customer from the process. Steven Peeters explains how you can apply Lean principles in an IT environment. 2

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