Category Archives: Extreme Programming

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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But what about the testers?

I spent last week at Agilepalooza in Minneapolis. What a great event! We talked about Agile development processes and Agile mindsets. We learned about Dude’s Law from David Hussman, and why we need to concentrate on the actual product and … Continue reading

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Embracing The Practically Perfect Agile Process

Agile project management begins with a simple framework. From there, things can get sticky pretty fast. The path becomes filled with decisions about the software development process and whether we will use agile project management software. If we do choose … Continue reading

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You can’t do that, it isn’t Agile!

Have you ever heard that phrase?  I confess that I have heard it, and yes, I even caught myself saying it.  But how can that be?  Isn’t agile development all about making changes and doing what is necessary to create … Continue reading

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