Software technical practices are usually adopted as a means of creating better products. These practices can create and maintain a healthy human system. Technical practices raise the consciousness of individuals and the team as a whole. Technical practices hack consciousness giving us a quick, deep chute into depths of connection that improve our selves, our products, and our world.
Pair programming is one of the core techniques of eXtreme Programming and has been shown to be effective for knowledge sharing as well as code quality, but it is a practice that is often not used, even in the most agile of organizations. Linda Cook explores why that is and provides some advice on how to encourage teams to try the practice.
Frequently developers cause and face regular frustration often due to a lack of consideration for those who come after them. This article explores the approach of programming more thoughtfully by revisiting one of the most simple (yet often misunderstood) XP rules: collective ownership
Agile is a great starting place, it is important for organisations and teams to get the fundamentals right; just agile isn't enough for many problems today. Lean Startup is the next logical step. 8
Teams in large organizations still struggle to adopt TDD. In this article Mark Levison shares problems he uncovered when he surveyed teams, and his own strategy to introduce TDD into an organization. 12
With Agile adoption, context is everything: this book offers patterns and tools to help determine which practices most contribute to meeting your organization's goals. 2
InfoQ editor Kurt Christensen recently had the chance to ask Kent Beck a few questions about the challenges associated with adopting and applying agile values and practices. 8
Teams new to Agile wonder which practices to start with, and which will most benefit their own context. This article proposes a customized adoption approach to help teams decide where to focus first.
Amr Elssamadisy tells how participants at XPday Montreal focused on the dynamics of adoption, rather than the structure resulting from adoption, to compile Agile adoption patterns helpful to novices. 1
The story of a unique work-study degree program at New Mexico Highlands University, begun in 2004-2005: an apprentice shop where students and customers used Agile practices.
The creator of the CHAOS Chronicles, Standish Group founder and chairman Jim Johnson, spent some time with InfoQ discussing his research, and the role of Agile in changing the IT industry. 11