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Know — And Choose — What you are optimizing for


There are a lot of software development approaches and methodologies out there. What do they do? Which should you choose? First of all, I think you need to know — and choose — what you are optimizing for. Are you … Continue reading

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Should “Agile” methodolgies just be called “Lightweight” methodologies?


In a recent exchange on InfoQ, regarding the recently released Voke report on Agile, I opined the following: I just wanted to add and concur that originally these were called “lightweight” methodologies and I think the term is accurate — … Continue reading

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Voke releases Research Report on Agile Realities


In an interesting report former Voke has released a new report on Agile. Among the findings: Out of over 200 survey participants, we received only four detailed comments describing success with Agile. Overwhelmingly, 40% of participants that use Agile did not … Continue reading

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Kanban for Software Engineering?


There is a lot of buzz in the community over kanban lately. Although I think there are some good ideas in the Lean/kanban system, I think that most of it’s power is lost when it is applied to software engineering. I’m … Continue reading

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Range Estimation versus Point Estimation


One topic of interest to all developers is the subject of estimation. Should it be done in hours? Days? T-Shirt Sizes? Point based? Range based? In this post I’m going to talk about Range based versus Point based estimation. Imagine, … Continue reading

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The Perennial Waterfall Strawman/Myth


Just as the ‘abominable snowman’ never existed, and is merely used to frighten children from playing in the snow too long, “Waterfall” is just as nonexistent and is used by agile coaches as propaganda scare tactics to frighten developers into buying … Continue reading

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Orwell on Agile


In a previous post I discussed aspects of propaganda widely used in the Agile industry. In this post, I’m going to cover what George Orwell thought were the leading causes of unclear, vague, and deceptive writing, and, even better, what … Continue reading

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