Category Archives: Extreme Programming

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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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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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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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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Keeping in Tune

I was discussing refactoring the other day with a friend of mine.  As is usually the case, the concept of code Smells came up.  Once again, I thought about how amazingly uncomfortable I am with that nomenclature.  I have had … Continue reading

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Changing Agile Roles – The Programmers

Many people don’t see that there are many changes to the programmers’ life when it comes to moving to agile software development.  I personally see quite a few changes.  Some of these changes are basic, like moving to test driven … Continue reading

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No need to feel embarrassed

I was at the Better Software conference this week. I had a lot of conversations with a lot of developers (by which I mean programmers *and* testers), development managers and team leads. I asked most of them some form of … Continue reading

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Refactoring: You keep using that word…

One of the more powerful, yet more easily misunderstood XP tools is the practice of refactoring. It is actually such an important piece of the Agile development puzzle that most teams, whether they are actually doing Scrum or XP or … Continue reading

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Agile Learning: Does it ever stop?

My son became a black belt in Tae Kwon Do recently.  As I was bragging to my friend about this, his reply really struck me.  He said “Congratulations, now the real learning can begin.”  This really impressed me.  I told … Continue reading

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