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Technical Practices, Systems Thinking, and Culture Matter in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Nov 05, 2013

Simplicity, feedback, communication, respect and courage, these eXtreme Programming (XP) values still inspire the team of the XP Days Benelux 2013 conference. InfoQ did an interview with two of the conference hosts, Merlijn van Minderhout and Pascal Van Cauwenberghe, about new developments in agile, successful agile transformations and the needs of European organizations in agile adoption.

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How Swarming Helps Agile Teams to Deliver

by Ben Linders Follow 12 Followers on  Feb 28, 2013

Swarming is a technique that helps agile teams to deliver working software fast and frequently. What is swarming, what are the benefits of swarming, and when and how to apply it?

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Pair Programming Gets Mainstream Coverage, Lukewarm Response

by Todd Charron Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 09, 2012 1

The Wall Street Journal has begun to take notice of the growing number of technology companies that have been practicing Pair Programming and has published their take on the practice in an article titled Computer Programmers Learn Tough Lesson in Sharing.

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Wikispeed - Doing Awesome with Agile

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on  Jul 23, 2012 1

Wikispeed founder Joe Justice gave a talk in Wellington, New Zealand, this week in which he spoke about the Wikispeed mission of "Rapidly Solving Problems for Social Good", starting by using agile techniques to build a 100MPG vehicle with the intent of creating a new approach to motor-vehicle manufacturing, using open-source and crowd-source approaches building on agile values and principles.

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Survey Confirms Scaling Agile Across The Organisation Is Still A Challenge

by Craig Smith Follow 3 Followers on  May 19, 2012 2

Forrester have recently released the results of their November 2011 Global Agile Software Application Development Online Survey in a report entitled "Survey Results: How Agile Is Your Organization?" It contains a number of interesting findings around how organisations that have adopted Agile are dealing with their implementation.

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The Most Influential People in Agile

by Craig Smith Follow 3 Followers on  Apr 18, 2012 11

A recent post by Paul Dolman-Darrall on the Value, Flow, Quality blog proposed a list of the 20 most influential people in the Agile community.

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Agile Humour: A Wrap Up of April Fools Day 2012

by Craig Smith Follow 3 Followers on  Apr 04, 2012

The Agile community has a great tradition of making fun of itself and April Fools Day 2012 was no exception. Here is a wrap up of some of the best gags from this year that you may have missed.

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Pair Programming: Side-by-Side or Face-to-Face

by Vikas Hazrati Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 12, 2011

Pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. The benefits of pair programming are well known and the technique is widely practiced. However, what is the best way to sit while pairing?

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When to Cease Being an Agile Coach?

by Todd Charron Follow 0 Followers on  May 23, 2011 2

Agile coach Morgan Ahlström recently turned to the Agile Coach Support mailing list to ask how to deal with an organization that said they wanted the benefits of becoming more agile, but was behaving in ways contrary to that goal.

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The Importance of Agile Feedback Loops

by Dan Puckett Follow 1 Followers on  Mar 28, 2011

Several members of the Agile community emphasize the importance of feedback loops in the effectiveness of Agile development processes.

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Constraints are Advantages in Disguise

by Vikas Hazrati Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 06, 2010 2

Building software is closely associated with managing a lot of constraints. These constraints might be in terms of time, money, technology, decisions, compatibility, regulatory, people, process or all of the above. Jim Bird discussed the constraints imposed by Scrum, XP and how they help in fostering creativity and building the right software.

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Agile 2010: Where Were the Programmer-Focused Sessions?

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on  Aug 21, 2010 5

The Agile 2010 conference was held in Orlando from 9-14 August. A number of commentators felt there were not enough sessions focused on the technical practices and programming techniques, including Bob Martin who twittered about the lack of technical sessions. This resulted in a number of responses and the announcement of plans to launch an XP Universe conference in 2011 targeting programmers.

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How Pair Programming Really Works

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on  Jan 22, 2010 1

Stuart Wray wrote a paper analysing how pair programming actually works in team environments and identifies four mechanisms that can be applied to improve the effectiveness of pair programming, and why it results in better quality products.

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XP or Scrum, Either, Both, or Neither?

by Amr Elssamadisy Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 26, 2009 13

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

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Opinion: Pair Programming Is Not For The Masses

by Mike Bria Follow 0 Followers on  Sep 23, 2009 10

Pair Programming continues to be one of the most debated and controversial practices of recent years. Most proponents don't falter in their praise of the benefits, but many of even these same people will admit they struggle to get pairing really going in their shops. Why? Obie Fernandez opinions 10 reasons why this might be so.

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