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Daniel Ackerson06/14/11
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State of Development: Annual Address on How We Ship Software

It’s been a while since I talked about how we develop and deploy software at my current job. It’s come a long way from the “Good Ole Days”, when cowboy coders manually FTP’d their changes to the master server and rsync came along 5 minutes...

Giorgio Sironi06/13/11
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Practical PHP Refactoring: Extract Method

I'm starting a new series: Practical PHP Refactoring. Each article will cover one of the refactorings defined by Fowler in its classic book, applied to PHP code.Extract Method means creating a new method to contain part of the existing code: it's one of the...

Jesse Warden06/13/11
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Consulting Chronicles #5: Getting In, and Out, of the Industry

Today, I’ll talk about how to get into consulting, what the skills and expectations are, and what can cause you to get out. What is Consulting? Consulting in the Flash/Flex world usually consists of 3 tasks that may be related: Offer your...

Michael Sahota06/13/11
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Culture of “Good To Great” Companies and Why it Matters

Some years ago, my book of the year was, “Good to Great: Why some companies make the leap … and others don’t” by Jim Collins. It is a research-based exploration of what it takes to turn ordinary companies into great companies. A very practical...

Mike Cottmeyer06/13/11
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Agile Best Practices?

I’ve decided I really don’t like the idea of best-practices… it’s too easy to use them as a crutch. Some of our best stuff… daily standup meetings, sprint planning meetings,...

Dror Helper06/13/11
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When the going gets tough – automate it!

 Let me tell you a story about my first job: a long ago I was hired for my very first software development job. I worked with some really talented people on a cutting edge technology and it was fun. After a few weeks at work I’ve...

David Bernstein06/12/11
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Do You Mentor?

One of the things that established professions like medicine and law have that we as software developers don’t have is some form of mandatory mentoring. For doctors it is residency, for lawyers it is internships, even carpenters need to...

Daniel Ackerson06/12/11
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Top Three Traits of Successful Engineers

You know it within an hour of working with them. A special kind of sysadmin or developer that not only knows how to do their job, but really cares about doing it right. This is the person that makes you refactor that duplicate method or add that one...

Mark Needham06/12/11
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Sbt: Rolling with continuous/incremental compilation and Jetty

As I mentioned in an earlier post we’re using SBT on our project and one of it’s cool features is that it will listen to the source directory and then automatically recompile the code when it detects file changes. We’ve also installed the...

Israel Gat06/11/11
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Boundary Objects in DevOps

The following recommendation was given in the post How to Initiate a Devops Project: For a DevOps project, start by establishing the technical debt of the software to be released to operations. By so doing you build the foundations for...

Ashod Nakashian06/11/11
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The pitfall of smart-pointers and implicit data sharing

Data sharing between threads is a tricky business. Anyone with any kind of experience with multi-threaded code will give you a 1001 synonyms for “tricky,” most of which you probably wouldn’t use in front of your parents. The problem I’m about...

Sean Mchugh06/11/11
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Breaking Down the Scrum Product Backlog

You'll hear me mention this a lot because I don't think it's given enough credence elsewhere: The Product Backlog is the backbone of implementing Scrum successfully. Properly sizing the backlog items, creating good estimates, prioritization, and creating...

Mark Needham06/10/11
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IntelliJ: Adding resources with unusual extensions onto the classpath

We’re making use of MarkLogic and therefore xquery on the project I’m currently working on and recently wanted to add our xquery setup files onto the classpath so they could be used in a test. We added them into ‘src/main/resources’ and set...

Esther Derby 06/10/11
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Yours, Mine, Ours: Clarifying Decision Boundaries

I recently talked to a group that’s forming a new “change leadership” team.  Part of the work of the team is improving the organization, and part is capacity building. Four of the people on the team are folks with technical backgrounds who are...

Sean Mchugh06/10/11
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Should Your Dev Team Stop Using Story Points?

Let me preface this post by saying this: I get Story Points, I understand how they work, how they should be used and the problem that they are purported to solve. Here's the thing, I'm a minimalist at heart. My first (and typically second and third...

James Shore06/09/11
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Let's Play TDD #113: OverlayLayout?

The source code for this episode is available here. Visit the Let's Play archive for more episodes! Many thanks to Danny Jones for figuring out the HD Youtube embed code.

Abby Fichtner06/09/11
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Startup Weekend Boston

Over 130 people – half techies, half business folks – converged on Microsoft NERD this weekend to start their own companies, have some fun & make some noise. Friday night, 50 of them stood up and pitched their ideas in quick 60 second spots,...

Jurgen Appelo06/09/11
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How to Change Other People

The hardest part of becoming Agile is changing the behavior of other people. (At least, that’s what people keep telling me.) Because, even when people do want to be Agile themselves, their organizations (the systems around the people) don’t...

Israel Gat06/09/11
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Ops Driven Dev

In The Agile Flywheel, colleague Ray Riescher describes how velocity in dev drove corresponding velocity in ops: Scrum set the flywheel in motion and caused the rest of the IT process life cycle to respond.  ITIL’s processes still form the solid...

Michael Sahota06/08/11
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Team Chartering and Agreements

Simon Roberts and Jens Korte gave a solid presentation of the how and why of team chartering. The process as they define it leads to team agreements so that there is a container for allowing the team to self-organize.  The full presentation in prezi...

Jim Highsmith06/08/11
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Agile ALM: The Future of Delivery Automation

In the old days, you know those days when waterfall reigned and a certain 3-letter acronym product was widely used, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) systems were large, monolithic, document-centric, and universally hated by rank-and-file...

Jon Archer06/08/11
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DICOM Non-Technical Introduction: Mind Map

Earlier today I went through the non-technical introduction to DICOM on the RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) website written by Steven C Horii, MD. As I was doing so I compiled a mind map using the excellent SimpleMind tool to help jog my...

Mitch Pronschinske06/08/11
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Video: Model Driven Management with Puppet

The sysadmins at Puppet Labs are less interested in the latest marketing buzzwords and more interested in the practical day-to-day issues.  In this video you'll learn how Puppet works and how it drives the an architectureTeyo spoke to the engineers at...

Giorgio Sironi06/08/11
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Practical PHP Testing Patterns: Dummy Object

A Dummy Object is the simplest specialization of the Test Double pattern. As always, if you want to avoid constructing the real collaborator of the System Under Test, use a Test Double: you'll get a shorter and simpler test, with the plus of isolation from...