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James Shore10/10/14
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Agile and Predictability

It's entirely possible to make predictions with Agile. They're just as good as predictions made with other methods, and with XP practices, they can be much better. Agile leaders talk about embracing change because that has more potential value than making predictions.

Chris Odell10/10/14
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Anyone Can Be A Codesmith.

I think that anyone who writes code in any shape or form should feel free about calling themselves a codesmith. The ideals of craftmanship should be followed, with a healthy dose of pragmatism, but learning the skills to become a good coder takes time and experience.

Tracy Vides10/10/14
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How to "Productize" Services and Use Ecommerce to Take the Leap

Service businesses are a great to get started with your entrepreneurial dreams. Bring your skills to the table, execute work, deliver it on time, and get paid – as simple as that. Service businesses are not the right vehicle just in case you wanted to do more, grow big, scale as big as you like.

Dave Fecak10/09/14
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How To Get a Job in a Different City

Unless a candidate is considered superlative, non-local applicants are not always given the same level of attention as locals. Why might remoteness impact interview decisions (even in a tight market), and how can the potential for negative bias be minimized?

Allan Kelly10/08/14
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Estimates or #NoEstimates? That is the question

Maybe it is a navel gazing exercise for agile-folk but it does seem to be the reoccurring theme. And I can’t get over this feeling that some of my peers think I’m a bit stupid for continuing to support estimates.

Michael Mainguy10/08/14
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Why OSX sucks and you should use Ubuntu instead

OK, I confess, I use OSX almost exclusively and have for a number of years now. I love the hardware, but the OS and specifically it's lack of a software package management tool has just a level of suckyness that irritates me.

Tom Howlett10/07/14
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Could we really be so wrong?

I hear developers talking of Right and Wrong. What would happen if we got better at describing Cost and Value?

Vinod Kumaar Ra...10/03/14
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Pair Programming

If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk far, walk together

Steve Francia10/02/14
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Evangelism is NOT Sales

I recently had a discussion with a CFO of a technology company. Ten minutes into our conversation he said, “so evangelism is pretty much rogue sales”. Internally I cringed. I politely corrected him that the two could not be further apart.

Mike Cottmeyer10/02/14
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Reframing to Reduce Risk

In my experience some risks for delivering these projects on time and on budget might be identified by a project manager early on in the initial inception phase of the project and might be reviewed at the end of each project, but not much attention is paid to the risks during the life of the project.

Johanna Rothman10/01/14
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Change is Learning: No Silver Bullets or Quick Fixes

My professors taught me structured design and design by contract. Those were supposed to be the silver bullets for programming. I thought I was the only idiot that structure and specification didn’t work for. Why did I have to iterate and increment?

Gil Zilberfeld10/01/14
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The Measure Of Success

What makes a successful project? Waterfall project management tells us it’s about meeting scope, time and cost goals. Do these success metrics also hold true to agile projects?

Chris Odell10/01/14
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SOHO Agile – Practices make perfect

Now if you are a SOHO developer then you might think that agile practices are irrelevant to you. I would disagree.

Kevin Rutherford10/01/14
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A problem with Primitive Obsession

A number of the teams I work with have been looking at the Primitive Obsession code smell recently. As we have explored legacy code looking for examples of the smell, I’ve noticed a tendency to enthusiastically label every primitive in any method signature as smelly. I so wish Fowler and Beck hadn’t used this particular name, because it seems to spread as much confusion as enlightenment.

Shelan Perera10/01/14
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Want to learn anything faster?

We are in a world with lot of learning opportunities. But how much stuff do we really learn? What holds us back from learning new things faster?

Mike Cottmeyer10/01/14
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Release Planes versus Release Trains

When speaking to architecture, SAFe refers to architectural runway, not architectural train tracks or a rail-yard. It’s a mixed use of transportation metaphors that is not explained. The runway is a perfect alignment with my Release Plane metaphor.

Kevin Daly09/30/14
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Don't fall in love with your own code!

Don't fall into the trap of falling in love with your own code.

Rob Galanakis09/30/14
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Keeping talented employees

I’m normally not a fan of reducing human behavior to a list like this, but it seems pretty complete, and the words resonated.

Jim Bird09/29/14
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Can Static Analysis replace Code Reviews?

Until more developers get more training and understand more about how to write secure software, we will all need to lean on static analysis (and dynamic analysis) security testing tools to catch vulnerabilities. But static analysis isn't a substitute for code reviews.

Dave Rooney09/28/14
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How to Enable Estimate-Free Development

Most of us have been there... the release or sprint planning meeting to goes on and on and on and on. It doesn't have to be like that!

Michael Sahota09/26/14
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Letting Go of Agile (Culture)

This post is about how we may accidentally harm organizations with Agile and how we can let go so that we may succeed.

Peter Lawrey09/26/14
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Men in Tech

I believe that there will be a time when IT, like teaching and accounting, will have more women than men.

Allan Kelly09/26/14
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Nightmare on Agile Street 2: Managed Agile

Blow me down, its happening again… I’m awake. I’m wet, its a cold sweat. Its the small hours of the morning and the dream is horrid....

Anh Tuan Nguyen09/26/14
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Agile is a simple topic

Let's face it, being pure isn't about what you have, it is about what you don't! Pure gold has nothing but gold that's why it is super valuable. We should build our teams on developers, code and business needs. The three pure ingredient of a team, any one taken away and the team is no more.

Johanna Rothman09/26/14
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Projects Where You Can't Predict an End Date

Do you have projects where you can’t predict an end date? These tend to be a job search, a change project, and with a tip of the hat to Cesar Abeid, your life. I like to call these “emergent” projects.