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Sam Atkinson11/23/14
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How to hire great people: what a good java interview looks like.

Creating a good interview process is hard and most people don't bother. In this article we cover how to set up a great interview for hiring the best java developers.

Sam Atkinson11/23/14
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How to hire great people: what a good java interview looks like.

Creating a good interview process is hard and most people don't bother. In this article we cover how to set up a great interview for hiring the best java developers.

Michael Sahota11/21/14
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People over Process

Agile and Lean are a means to an end. Once we are clear what our goals are and our approach is consistent with what we truly value, then we may hope for success. We outline a fundamentally different approach for organizational change: one where valuing people is integral to building lasting success.

Mike Cottmeyer11/21/14
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Replacing Backlog Grooming

Over the last few years, I’ve worked with numerous teams. One thing they all struggle with is backlog grooming. Over the last few years I have evolved my practice of backlog grooming.

Chris Odell11/19/14
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The Single Point Of Failure

As a SOHO (Solo Home Office) Developer one of the many challenges is the fact that there is no one else to discuss code changes with. Without someone to discuss changes with your blind spots will not be covered by a colleague looking at your code, potentially more bugs could creep into your code base and there are less opportunities to learn from other peoples experiences. So what can you do? Well here are some suggestions.

Brian Rinaldi11/18/14
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Dealing with an Unhappy Community

Recently, I wrote an article about a bit of a dust up in the AngularJS community about the plans for Angular 2.0 and it got me thinking about how we deal with the community - specifically when there is a widespread community backlash.

Quinto Urban11/18/14
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Collective Responsibility – Ask the Team!

Collective responsibility is one of the artefacts of agile software development realized those days in many companies and teams (also called Scrum). When I talked with stakeholders about details of software project management strategies they are pushing forward – want to do, often I heard answer as “ask the team”.

Mike Bushong11/17/14
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The power of Clustering Illusion when managing image

It’s fairly self-evident that you need to have positive data points, but you need to understand that people will tend to view things in clusters. Once you know that, swaying perception (either positively or negatively) is an exercise in creating clusters.

Mike Cottmeyer11/17/14
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Some Thoughts on Agile Transformation in Big Companies

I am under no illusions that this post will be the definitive explanation, but I spend a TON of time talking to people and level setting before I can have any kind of intelligent conversation on agile, so I want to explore some of the points that I think resonate.

Michael Sahota11/16/14
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Scrum and Kanban: Getting the Most from Each

Scrum is the most popular Agile methodology with Kanban a growing second choice. Learn about the core parts of each one as well as how they differ so that you can find the best fit for your team or organizational context.

Kane Mar11/16/14
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The Agile Reader - Weekend Edition: 11/14/2014

The Weekend Edition is a list of some interesting links found on the web to catch up with over the weekend. It is generated automatically, so I can’t vouch for any particular link but I’ve found the results are generally interesting and useful.

David Shepherd11/16/14
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Southern Fried Agile: A Shift in Perspective

Besides my personal perspective shifts, Southern Fried Agile was representative of a number of other perspective shifts ongoing in the agile community.

Mike Cottmeyer11/13/14
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Agile Smells Versus Agile Zombies in the Uncanny Valley

I don’t like to use the term smell. I prefer to say that you’re in “the valley”. I’m referring to the uncanny valley. When something looks and moves almost, but not exactly, like a healthy person, it causes a response of revulsion among some observers. To that, I believe there is an Agile uncanny valley and it’s full of Agile zombies.

Bob Hartman11/12/14
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Agile Homeschool Update

Last year, I wrote about how we use an agile approach for homeschool. Since then, we’ve refined our approach. This school year, we updated our board to reflect some of those changes.

Mike Cottmeyer11/12/14
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Agile Assessments - A Deeper Dive

In my previous post Agile Assessments, I wrote about reasons to do an assessment and considerations when doing one. In this post, I’ll continue the assessment topic with focus on Rating Scales and Frequency.

Johanna Rothman11/12/14
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Five Tips for Tactical Management

Sometimes, you just need to get on with the work. You need to give yourself some breathing room so you can think for a while. Here are some tips that will help you tackle the day-to-day management work:

Jakub Holý11/12/14
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Tiny, Tiny Steps – Experience Report Developing A Feature In Minimal Value-Adding Increments

A post for those who want to see what an iterative, MVP-driven development of a feature looks like.

Mike Bushong11/11/14
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Conformity as an inhibitor to strategy

Our hard-wired need to conform flies against our desires to be different an innovative. As you consider strategy, you should make sure that you are not subconsciously shackling your ideas to the rest of the industry. But the good news is that because conformity is so popular, the few that are able to get past it end up in a remarkably powerful position.

Allan Kelly11/10/14
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#NoProjects/#BeyondProjects: A Developer Footnote

During the post-conference drinks I was chatting with a developer - Matt from New Zealand if my memory serves - and he came out with what some might think was a surprising comment. He said: “I’d never thought of a project like that before.”

Paul Hammant11/10/14
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The Pervasive Inbox

Email is older than the web, and it’s way past due for an improvement. We want to see JavaScript turned on in email packages. I feel that is inevitable, and it’d be nice to have a product that can immediately take advantage when that happens.

Rob Galanakis11/10/14
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If you hear "perception is reality" you're probably being screwed

I was once told in a performance review that “perception is reality.” I was infuriated, and the words stuck in my mind as the most toxic thing a manager could say to an employee. Let me tell you what “perception is reality” means, and why you should plan on leaving your job the moment you hear it:

Benjamin Ball11/10/14
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The Best of the Week (Oct 31): Agile Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Agile Zone (October 31 - November 07). This week's topics include working culture, technical debt, engineering humor, dialogue sheets, and career planning.

Ayende Rahien11/09/14
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Career Planning: Disaster Recovery

One of the more important things that you have to remember is that you should always be ready for failure. As developers, we are used to thinking about stuff like that in our code, but this is true for real life as well.

Rob Galanakis11/06/14
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Technical Debt Takes Many Forms

Most people are familiar with “technical debt” in terms of code or architectural problems that slow down development. There are other forms of technical debt, though, that can be overlooked.

Erich Styger11/06/14
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Engineering Joke of the Week: The Tunnel

I’m a believer that engineers not only need to act in a professional and ethical way, but they have to have a sense of humor too. For that reason I have the tradition to tell my class (almost) every semester week a joke or fun story with an engineering background. I have been asked to share the fun story from this week, so here we go...