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  • Agile Business Rules

    James Taylor looks at the challenge that arises when the new requirements are not really requirements at all, but new or changed business rules. Aren't business rules the same as requirements? Taylor says: no, not really; and looks at how to make an agile development processes work just as well for business rules as they do for other kinds of requirements.

  • Using Logging Seams for Legacy Code Unit Testing

    Using logging seams you can easily create unobtrusive unit tests around legacy classes, without needing to edit class logic as well as avoiding behavior changes.

  • Book Review: Collaboration Explained: Facilitation skills for software project leaders

    David Spann, himself an experienced facilitator, provides an insightful review of "Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders" by Jean Tabaka. Jean, an experienced teacher, consultant and coach, offers techniques to enhance group effectiveness, provides some templates to assure their first efforts are well planned, and tells some great stories along the way.

  • Dealing with Legacy Code

    Here's a three-pronged attack to use on the legacy code that everyone eventually inherits: Build, Automate, Test. Use this BAT to create a safety net to ensure your code continues to work the way you want it to. Richardson shows how this helps quickly identify and eliminate unintended side effects. See how your day-to-day work compares, and see if you need to approach your work differently.