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Gil Zilberfeld07/25/14
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Agile Practitioners 2015: Call For Papers

Agile Practitioners 2015 is starting its way, and the first step is the Call For Papers! The Agile Practitioners conference started 4 years ago, and is an actual effort by the community. I’m proud to be part of the organizing committee, after presenting at the last 3 gatherings.

Johanna Rothman07/24/14
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How Pairing & Swarming Work & Why They Will Improve Your Products

If you’ve been paying attention to agile at all, you’ve heard these terms: pairing and swarming. But what do they mean? What’s the difference?

Adi Gaskell07/24/14
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The impact of interruptions at work

Interruptions seem a central part of modern working life. Whether it’s open plan offices or the influx of digital tools into the workplace, a distraction never seems far away

Hamid Shojaee07/23/14
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Scrum and Quantum Physics

Since Scrum is an iterative process, you can have great success by focusing on things that you can say with a fair degree of confidence, while still allowing for some uncertainty in all planning and estimates.

Mike Bushong07/23/14
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Scenario planning for first-line managers

Almost every New Product Introduction process includes some placeholder slots to talk about risk. Everyone knows enough to put mitigation plans in these slots. But those mitigation plans are drafted and then ignored by the vast majority of managers.

Kin Lane07/23/14
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GitHub Commit Storytelling: Now or Later

When you are making GitHub commits you have to provide a story that explains the changes you are committing to a repository. Many of us just post 'blah blah’, ‘what I said last time", or any other garbage that just gets us through the moment. You know you’ve all done it at some point.

Mike Cottmeyer07/22/14
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What is the ROI of Your Event?

So, where did our new event fall on a scale compared to the others? Did I feel like attendees received value and did I feel like we got a good return on our investment? Let me give a little comparison.

David Winterbottom07/21/14
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Linking to Github

It's dangerous to link to lines or blocks of code on Github without explicitly specifying the commit hash in the URL. This emits the Github URL to the HEAD commit on the current branch, specifying the commit hash in the URL

Phil Whelan07/21/14
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Release! Card Game Adds New Twist to Software Development

"Release!" is a card game about making software inspired by development strategies like Lean, Agile, and DevOps.

Chris Odell07/19/14
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Agile Decompiled : Incremental And Iterative Releases

Proponents of the Waterfall Model suggest that by doing all the design up front and making sure that each part of the process is correct before moving onto the next part, means that bugs are found sooner and therefore costs are reduced.

Johanna Rothman07/18/14
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Do Teams Gel or Jell?

In my role as technical editor for agileconnection.com, I have the opportunity to read many terrific articles. I also have the opportunity to review and comment on those articles.

Kristina Chodorow07/17/14
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Sharing Programming

I’m going to be volunteer teaching AP computer science this fall at a NYC high school! Aside from actually prepping them for the AP exam, I’ve been thinking about how to share the programming culture I love with the students. Off the top of my head, I’d like to tell them about:

Roman Pichler07/17/14
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10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Strategy with the Vision Board

Traditionally, a product strategy is the result of months of market research and business analysis work. It is intended to be factual, reliable, and ready to be implemented. But in an agile, dynamic environment a product strategy is best created differently.

Chris Odell07/17/14
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Every Library Needs an Index

Imagine walking into a library, and having to walk up and down the aisles trying to find the book you want. Imagine walking into a hardware store, row upon row and shelf upon shelf. But nobody has put any signs up. Do you document your code libraries and keep an index?

Matthew Turland07/17/14
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Speaking Resources

I was fortunate enough to recently be accepted to the inaugural php[world] conference. Shortly thereafter, a friend of mine within the community inquired about submitting to and speaking at conferences. I thought I’d post the resources I shared with them here for others interested in the same topic.

Mike Bushong07/16/14
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You Are A Topic At Your Employees' Dinner Tables

The transition from individual contributor to management is probably a bit selfish for almost everyone. In that moment when your responsibilities and title change, you will naturally focus your attention on you.

Angela Ashenden07/16/14
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What's Next for Process Mining?

I [participated] in a panel towards the end of the one-day event focused on the prospects for Process Mining as a discipline and as a technology market; but I was also keen to hear the practitioner stories which made up a large proportion of the event’s schedule.

Mike Cottmeyer07/16/14
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Validation and the Standing Desk

Validation is an engineering activity. In many ways it’s very much how engineers tell a product, “you’re awesome!” Unfortunately, many people don’t really understand what engineering validation really is.

Mark Morrell07/16/14
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Turn company jargon into a knowledge gold mine

Why not turn all that company jargon into a knowledge goldmine and create a wiki that can contain them for every employee to view, add or edit to?

John Sonmez07/15/14
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The 4 Levels of Freedom For Software Developers

For most of my software development career, when I worked for a company, as an employee, I had the dream of someday being free. I wanted to be able to work for myself. To me, that was the ultimate freedom.

Ian Mitchell07/15/14
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Is agile transformation at risk?

This week I launched agilepatterns.org to help meet the challenge of enterprise scaling. In this posting I set out the rationale for doing so in terms of recent high-profile IT failures, and the need for genuine sponsorship for deep organizational change.

Allan Kelly07/14/14
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What we forget about the Scientific Method

Lets have less talk about “The Scientific Method” and more talk about “Tidying up the Kitchen” - or is it better in French? Mise en place…. come to think of it, don’t the Lean community have Japanese word for this? Pika pika.

Adi Gaskell07/14/14
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Why 10,000 Hours Isn’t Enough to Make You Great

It’s been quite the summer for debunking widely held beliefs. Last month there was a broohaha over an article in New Yorker from Harvard academic Jill Lepore that attempted to poo poo Clayton Christensen’s widely heralded thesis from The Innovator’s Dilemma.

Matthias Marschall07/13/14
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3 Reasons Why Your Team Needs Rituals

Rituals act as social glue, help pace your work, and foster discipline. Like your regular morning coffee, they give your team structure and stability in an ever changing environment.

Whitney Baker07/13/14
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The Best of the Week (July 4): Agile Zone

Make sure you didn't miss anything with this list of the Best of the Week in the Agile Zone (July 4 to July 11.) This week's topics include scaling agile, dev of the week, the bystander effect, whether developers need degrees and kanban.