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  • Individual Yield

    Tony Wong, a project management blackbelt, enumerates some practical points on individual procutivity. This article wonders how well these apply to software development and contrasts his list with that of other lists.

  • Amplifying Your Effectiveness (AYE) Conference 2011

    The Amplifying Your Effectiveness (or AYE) Conference took place this year in Cary, North Carolina...

  • Steve Denning on Customer Delight at Agile 2011

    Steve Denning gave two talks at the Agile 2011 conference in Salt Lake City, both focusing on moving organisations to "21st Century Management" and showing how Agile principles support and enable this change. He maintains that management is in need of an overhaul and that the takeup of Agile approaches helps organisations to make these changes, but Agile alone is not enough.

  • iPhone Antenna Problems Pose Alternative Interface Design Questions

    Problems with the new iPhone4G antenna again raise questions about interface design for small devices. This article briefly recaps some of the problems posed by phones and similar devices and points to some potential alternative interface solutions.

  • Making Change Stick

    Making cultural change in an organisation is hard, and fraught with risk. Adopting Agile principles is a major cultural shift for many organisations. Management consultant and author Steve Denning has been researching what makes change stick, and provides some concrete advice for change agents.

  • US Scrum Gathering 2010 Kicks Off With a Day of "Deep Dives"

    The 2010 US Scrum Gathering kicked off Monday in Orlando with a buzzworthy day of "deep dive" learning, collaboration, and healthy debate.

  • Jean Tabaka at Agile Australia 2009

    Jean Tabaka spoke at the Agile Australia 2009 conference in Sydney on 15+16 October. Her keynote talk titled "12 Agile Adoption Failure Modes", in which she identified a dozen common roadblocks that can prevent effective transformation to Agile techniques in organizations.

  • EU Software Libability lawsuit: half say unit testing is the answer

    52% of the .NET developers surveyed by Typemock think that unit testing can help companies avoid law suits associated with the proposed EU software liability bill. What does this say?

  • Presentation: Democratic Political Technology Revolution

    The state of the art in political technology evolved radically 2004-2008. In 2004, software development in Democratic political campaigns consisted of a few rag-tag hackers taking shots in the dark and building applications. In 2008, political start-ups built innovative social applications that raised nearly 1/2 billion dollars, and elected a President.

  • How Many Chickens Are Too Many?

    The daily scrum is an important meeting within the Agile team. According to Scrum, only the pigs are allowed to speak during such meetings and chickens should just listen. Is there a limit on the maximum number of chickens, who could attend the daily scrums?

  • Father of Use Cases Says Agile Needs to Get Smarter

    At the Software Education SDC conference in Melbourne, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand, last week, Ivar Jacobson, author of the original work on Use Cases, the Unified Modeling Language and the Rational Unified Process, said that Agile development needs to “Get Smart”.

  • Agile Is a Culture Not a Process

    Jeff Patton explains why thinking of agile as culture and not just process explains resistance and difficulty in teaching and learning the approach. Furthermore he suggests that culture generates process, and therefore we should focus on culture first before process and techniques

  • Handling Your Team's "Rotten Apple"

    Recently there has been an active discussion in the Scrum Development Yahoo Group about handling an "under-performing" team member. In the 130+ response thread, "Rotten apple in Scrum team", talk ranged from advice for the primary question, to talk of team morale and who manages it, to the classic debate of measuring individuals, to distinguishing whether a team is really a "team", and more.

  • Co-location Transition, Tips and Concerns

    What are the tricks to successfully transitioning from cubicles to a team room? What are the concerns? Ideas include: make the change an experiment, make sure everyone is heard.

  • The Industrialization of Software Delivery

    IT has consistently failed to deliver expected value time and time again. According to Ian Thomas, Industrialization (componentization, specialization) may be a solution for supporting software agility and reliability in the new business environment.