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John Sonmez07/11/14
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Fitting in with Corporate Culture

In this video I answer a question about fitting into corporate culture when you come from a different background.

Dave Bush07/11/14
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Defining “Done”

The phrase, “definition of done” comes out of the agile movement. But there is no reason why it needs to stay there. In fact, I would argue that many of the problems we have in the software industry are because most organizations only have one definition of done, “If we ship this today, can we make money?”

Chris Odell07/10/14
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Agile Decompiled: Kanban

Now Kanban is not something I have practiced but for completeness of this series I wanted to write an article on it. So I have spent the last few weeks reading about what is Kanban and is it agile.

Mike Bushong07/10/14
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The Bystander Effect: Why Companies Fail to Change

Almost all of us have worked for a company at some point in our careers that just couldn’t seem to get out of its own way. The ideas were right, the talent was strong, but the execution just wasn’t there.

Peter Pilgrim07/10/14
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Is TDD Dead Or Alive?

This blog post is for those of you who are unaware that there is a major debate in contemporary software development happening now, today. People have been wondering about the value of Test-Driven Development (TDD) for a long while

Johanna Rothman07/10/14
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Pragmatic Manager Posted: Standup or Handoff

If you are near the Boston area, this Thursday, July 10, and want to see some sparks fly—or at least engage in lively debate—come to the Agile New England meeting July 10.

Alec Noller07/09/14
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Dev of the Week: James Betteley

Every week here and in our newsletter, we feature a new developer/blogger from the DZone community to catch up and find out what he or she is working on now and what's coming next. This week we're talking to James Betteley, London-based build and release engineer, rugby player, and cyclist.

Graeme Bodys07/09/14
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Transparency

What I am going to say is radical – this will put you outside your comfort zone and challenge your thinking. I will share the how, the why and the benefits.

Alexander Beletsky07/09/14
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Lessons Learned Working on a Startup

One of the most significant books on startups, defines startup as temporary organization aims to find sustainable business idea. It’s not about coding, testing or anything related to development. It’s all about the search.

John Sonmez07/08/14
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Do Software Developers Really Need Degrees?

Just because you have a college degree doesn’t mean you have learned anything. That is the main problem I have with most traditional education programs today. School has become much more about getting a degree—a piece of paper—than it has about actually learning something of value.

Jens Schauder07/08/14
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Scaling Agile Beyond Your Project- What Can We Do?

But for me as a developer there seems to be a wall around our team. Behind this wall the management dragons roam. Sometimes balls of flame fly over the wall in our direction, setting our little project on fire, by dictating rules that just don’t make sense, and we can do nothing but putting out the flames, or can we?

Vijay Narayanan07/08/14
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Don’t Implement Reusable Assets Unless Necessary

Resisting the temptation to implement a story is very hard for a dev team – it is all too easy to get carried away in introducing a new idea as a reusable asset.

Whitney Baker07/06/14
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The Best of the Week (June 27): Agile Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Agile Zone (June 27 to July 4). This week's topics include pair programming, agile vs. real life, collective ownership, product owners and the pursuit of empowerment.

Shane Willerton07/05/14
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I.T. Managers need this book to foster an Agile transformation!

The Agile Culture is a must-read book for anyone in I.T. management whose organization is struggling with transforming their organization from the classical waterfall software methodology to an agile methodology.

James Betteley07/04/14
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On Collective Ownership and Responsibilities

Recently I’ve been butting heads with some people on the subject of Ownership, Responsibility and Accountability. There seems to be a very unhealthy obsession with these things sometimes, and I think this is indicative of a less-than-ideal culture.

Venkatesh Kris...07/03/14
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Changing the Mindset of Agile Teams

Agile is not about practicing Scrum, XP or Kanban. It is a mindset that one needs to cultivate. It is not about doing a daily standup or retrospective but knowing the values/principles behind it. Most of the agile teams are interested in practices and very few are interested to learn the values/principles.

Johanna Rothman07/03/14
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Do You Encourage People to Bring You Problems?

One of the familiar tensions in management is how you encourage or discourage people from bringing you problems. One of my clients had a favorite saying, “Don’t bring me problems. Bring me solutions.”

Gil Zilberfeld07/02/14
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Agile VS Real Life

"We have come to value “Individuals and Interaction over Processes and Tools”," but reality tells us otherwise.

Mike Cottmeyer07/02/14
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Are You Practicing Agile Accountability Responsibly?

I started out this blog post writing about shared accountability for agile program teams. Accountability is an interesting, large topic that gets skipped over quite often in our agile community. In fact, I found in my writing a realization that we don’t have a great track record for defining it. So here’s my take.

Mike Bushong07/02/14
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The Misguided Pursuit of Empowerment

Frequently in peoples’ careers, ascension to the ranks of middle management is rapid. But then something happens. A small number of people break through, but the majority of folks seem to reach those middle tiers and then stall out.

Trisha Gee07/01/14
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The Handover

But the moral of the story is: handovers are hard. And essential. And worse, often the person doing the handing over is doing so because they’re short on time and, for whatever reason, not responsible for the next phase of the project.

Whitney Baker07/01/14
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On Programmers, Deadlines and Agile

Blogger Michael O. Church wrote a comprehensive post about the culture of programmers in Agile environments, particularly with respect to arbitrary or non-external deadlines.

Rob Galanakis07/01/14
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What Does Your Product Owner Own?

Most product owners I’ve seen in the videogame industry are much closer to project managers than business owners. Their primary job is often the coordination, planning, and prioritization of the cross-team dependencies that the scaled-up nature of game development tends to create.

Whitney Baker06/29/14
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The Best of the Week (June 20): Agile Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Agile Zone (June 20 to June 27). This week's topics include software development terminology, lean startup tools, sprints, estimates and dealing with kids.

Johannes Brodwall06/28/14
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Pair programming with Sankalpa

One of my favorite ways to develop software is to do it together with others. Pair programming has always been a motivating and fun activity for me, but some pairings work better than others.