Author Archives: Steve Ropa

For What It’s Worth

I’ve used this theme before but I need to once again give my nods to Buffalo Springfield.  It is absolutely time we “Stop Children, what’s that sound, everyone look whats going down…” I get involved in a heck of a … Continue reading

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Extreme Programming Values – Communication

Communication is one of the most underestimated of the XP values.  The value of communication is not underestimated, so much as how hard it is.  There are many different ways to believe we are truly communicating, but they so often … Continue reading

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Agile at ten years….

Ok, I know we were going to talk about the four values of extreme programming, and we will.  I had an interesting interaction recently that I wanted to explore first though.  Alistair Cockburn is sponsoring a ten year retrospective for … Continue reading

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The Extreme Programming Values – Alive and Well!

Like so many of my compatriots, I got started in the agile development world doing Extreme Programming.  At first, I was enamored with the “engineering” practices such as Pair Programming and Refactoring.  These practices have become the foundation that is required for … Continue reading

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Changing Agile Roles – The Managers

I have a confession to make.  I’m a manager.  I’ve been a manager for many years.  I’ve led agile development teams most of that time.  I’ve been told I’m a pretty good manager.  And when I look in the mirror, … Continue reading

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Going Back to the Beginning

I had a very interesting conversation on the scrumdevelopment Yahoo Group this week that really got me thinking about a few things. The argument was about the value of estimating stories in Scrum software development. I will definitely talk more … Continue reading

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Self Organization is an Emergent Behavior

Ever since I got involved in the agile development community, I’ve struggled with the concept of self organizing teams. We all know that the most highly performing teams are self organizing. The question remains, “How do I, as the duly … Continue reading

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Words Matter

One of the sad truths about the business world is that whenever someone comes up with a word or phrase that describes something very well, it will soon be so abused that it becomes a cliche. I have a friend … Continue reading

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Knowing Your Audience

I was reading my friend and colleague Joel Tosi’s blog the other day. He makes a lot of great points, and it led me to say “hmmm…” I started thinking about how important it is to create what the customer … Continue reading

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Self Organizing and the “M” word

I did a presentation last month at the Agile Denver user group.  It was a great time, and there were some great discussions around what it takes to transition to agile software development.  One key item that came up is … Continue reading

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