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Castle Project Founder Joins Microsoft

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Jul 24, 2008

The founder of the Castle Project, Hamilton Verissimo de Oliveira, has decided to join Microsoft as Project Manager of the MEF team according to his blog. Castle is a .NET open source project intended to help enterprise and web development.

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Death of Hybrid Camry Chief Engineer is Ruled Overwork

by Mark Levison  Followers on  Jul 17, 2008 9

Last month the Japanese labor board ruled that the death of the Chief Engineer on the Camry Hybrid project was ‘karoshi’ (death by over work). This story raised a number of interesting issues about what we can learn from Toyota, sustainable effort and why we develop software.

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Seniority, Respect, Authority and an Agile Team

by Vikas Hazrati Follow 0 Followers on  May 08, 2008 6

Senior members, who have been working in traditional teams, can face issues related to respect and authority when they come to an Agile team. An interesting discussion on Scrum Development group and Agile India group tries to uncover answers that Agile might have for the situation.

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Evaluating and Improving Architectural Competence - A New SEI Paper

by Gavin Terrill Follow 1 Followers on  May 07, 2008 6

The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) recently published a paper entitled "Evaluating and Improving Architectural Competence", which looks at using four models of human behaviour to help assess and improve software architecture competence.

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What is the Role of a Manager in an Agile Organization?

by Mark Levison  Followers on  Apr 09, 2008 5

Your organization is adopting Agile Development and your Managers are trying to find their new role. Prior to the adoption Agile perhaps management was involved in the production specifications and assigned the tasks. Now that teams are self organizing and the stories (instead of specs) come from the product owner, what does management do?

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Distributing Bonus to Agile Teams is Like Playing with Dynamite

by Vikas Hazrati Follow 0 Followers on  Mar 24, 2008 16

Everyone is excited when bonus is declared. However, for Agile teams it could eventually become a make-or-break situation. The general consensus is that distributing bonus should be a 'well thought-out' strategy there is no 'one size fits all' here. In an interesting discussion on the Lean Development group, people share their thoughts to find the best way.

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Apple Manager Writes "Managing Humans" to Help Techies

by Mark Levison  Followers on  Mar 10, 2008

It’s Michael Lopp’s belief that developers are trained to manage bits well, but not humans. When developers are promoted to managers much harm can be inflicted. Michael uses stories and humour to warn us of the many perils of management and how to navigate around them.

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How To Survive in a Turbulent Job Market

by Ian Roughley Follow 0 Followers on  Feb 25, 2008 10

Steven Haines usually spends his time writing about new Java technologies that can help developers in their jobs, however, this week he has turned his attention to those technologies that can help you find that next job.

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Kent Beck: Be Yourself - Create More Value

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 30, 2007

Recent discussions on the extremeprogramming list keep returning to "telling the truth". Why do we bite off more than we can chew? Why the overtime heroics? Kent Beck's one-hour talk "Ease at Work" explored how to get off what he called the "genius-shithead rollercoaster" and just be yourself at work. Question: Would you rather spend energy on maintaining an image, or doing more cool stuff?

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Predictions: The Changing World of IT Work

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss Follow 0 Followers on  Feb 17, 2007 3

In a recent Datamation article, James Maguire noted the challenge of staying employed in an environment in which the rules are continually rewritten. He spoke with Gartner analyst Diane Morello for 5 predictions for those of us thinking about career directions over the next five years.

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