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XP or Scrum, Either, Both, or Neither?

by Amr Elssamadisy on  Oct 26, 2009 14

Which is better? Scrum or XP? Is there one that is more applicable than the other or is there another alternative?

A Good Velocity

by Chris Sims on  May 18, 2009 2

Buddha Buck recently asked the Extreme Programming list if there were a velocity range that could be considered 'good' for a team of about seven people doing two-week iterations. He felt that a velocity of eight or below indicated that the team's stories might be too big. The resulting discussion provided some answers to the question, and the questions behind the question.

Presentation: A Tale of 2 Systems

by Abel Avram on  May 05, 2009

In this video recorded during QCon London 2008, Pete Goodliffe presents two Linux-based audio products with a complete different outcome, software design making the difference.

Presentation: 10 Ways to Improve Your Code

by Abel Avram on  Apr 16, 2009 19

In this presentation recorded during QCon SF 2008, Neal Ford, an architect at ThoughtWorks, shows 10 ways to write better code. This is practical advice for developers, but application architects can benefit from it too.

An Agile Approach to Code Reuse

by Chris Sims on  Apr 13, 2009 11

A recent discussion on the Extreme Programming Yahoo Group explored the apparent conflict between making software reusable and the XP practice of not writing code until it is needed. Ron Jeffries and others shared insights about the costs and benefits of code reuse, as well as how and when to do it in an agile environment.

Adopting The Whole Enchilada

by Mike Bria on  Feb 04, 2009 36

Recently InfoQ reported on Jim Shore's 'The Decline and Fall of Agile', which highlighted a trend for organizations to adopt "Agile" (in name) but fail to adopt what it means to be Agile (in practice). Community leaders such as Joshua Kerievsky, Martin Fowler, and Ron Jeffries have taken Shore's post a few steps further recently, posting their own thoughts on what's going on with this situation.

Interview: Similarities Between Interaction Designers and Agile Programmers

by Abel Avram on  Jan 29, 2009

In this interview taken during Agile 2008, Alan Cooper, the father of Visual Basic and supporter of interaction design, talks about his contact with the Agile movement and the similarities discovered between Agile programmers and interaction designers.

Presentation: Kent Beck: Trends in Agile Development

by Abel Avram on  Jan 19, 2009 1

In this presentation, Kent Beck, the father of eXtreme Programming, shows the synergies between business and Agile development. The reason Agile is becoming more popular every day is because it responds to the business needs as they evolve.

Article: Making TDD Stick: Problems and Solutions for Adopters

by Abel Avram on  Jan 07, 2009 10

In this article, Mark Levison addresses the difficulties encountered by developers willing to adopt TDD, the reasons why many start using TDD but give up after a short period of time, and what could be done to help developers make TDD a habit.

Presentation: Embrace Uncertainty by Jeff Patton

by Abel Avram on  Dec 29, 2008 2

In this original presentation from the Communitech Agile Event, Jeff Patton, winner of the Agile Alliance’s 2007 Gordon Pask Award, explains why one needs to embrace uncertainty in order to succeed with his/her Agile project and how to avoid some of the common mistakes leading to project failure.

Presentation: Reaching Hyper-Productivity with Outsourced Development Teams

by Abel Avram on  Nov 11, 2008 1

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum, and Guido Schoonheim, CTO of Xebia, present an actual case of reaching hyper-productivity with a large distributed team using XP and Scrum.

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

by Abel Avram on  Sep 22, 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.

When is Ok to Break the Rules

by Mark Levison on  Sep 18, 2008 3

In “Just Ship Baby” Kent Beck, author of the JUnit Framework, reminds us that the point of all the Agile processes and practices is to produce shipping software. If they’re getting in the way of shipping software – then perhaps you need to break the rules.

Presentation: Agile and Beyond - The Power of Aspirational Teams

by Abel Avram on  Aug 28, 2008 1

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Tim Mackinnon talks about the aspirations behind the Agile principles and practices, the desire to become efficient, to write quality code which does not end up being thrown away. Tim has a personal perspective on Agile practices and shares from his own experience.

Presentation: 10 Ways to Screw Up with Scrum and XP

by Abel Avram on  Aug 22, 2008 4

In this presentation filmed during Agile 2008, Henrik Kniberg talks about 10 possible reasons to fail while doing Scrum and XP. Maybe the team does not have a definition of what Done means to them, or they don't know what their velocity is, or they don't hold retrospectives.

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