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Weekly Agile Reading. Pack 13

September 12, 2008 by Artem Marchenko

Top writing that caught my attention this week:

» YouTube - Hyperproductive Distributed Scrum Teams Video: Jeff Sutherland's talk on Hyperproductive Distributed Scrum Teams at the Googleplex
» Elegant Code " Ventilation of Thoughts The source code of a software system is also the design.
» User Stories | A new persepektive what they do " Scrum 4 You User stories are about three basic things: Who, What and Why.

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Weekly Agile Reading. Pack 12

September 6, 2008 by Artem Marchenko

Top writing that caught my attention this week:

» http://www.jbrains.ca/permalink/204 "I have been teaching people about TDD and stories for years, and have practiced STDD most of that time, in one form or another. I find the technique helpful; however, when I have pushed STDD to its limit, I have found it to guide me in directions I don’t like, which TDD has generally never done."
» Agile Game Development: Jidoka, TDD and asset validation Jidoka is a Japanese term used at Toyota which means "automation with a human touch." Why solve bugs immediately?

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Weekly Agile Reading. Pack 11

August 30, 2008 by Artem Marchenko

Top writing that caught my attention this week:

» Scrum Tools | Mingle | Review " Scrum 4 You An Agile project management star was expected.
» Scrum Log Jeff Sutherland: Scrum Makes You Smarter Brain research on rats suggests that voluntary pressure in the form of audacious goals taken on by high performance teams makes them produce more neuron stem cells, rewire the brain, and become smarter.
» Lazy Initialization :: Working To End Agile If agile methods are working and the industry is noticing it’s only a matter of time until it stops being “agile” and just becomes “software development.”
» Matt O' Rama " My First Agile Project: Part 1 This is the first of a couple of posts on what Matt has learned about how they are doing (and not doing, as he's learned) Scrum on a big project at his work.
» Agile Game Development: Agile values - Responding to change over following a plan A popular misconception about agile is that it doesn’t allow for plans. This isn’t true. Agile focuses on the activity of planning rather than focusing on a fixed plan. A certain amount of knowledge about any project is going to be well known.

Weekly Agile Reading is back. Pack 10

August 22, 2008 by Artem Marchenko

I used to publish weekly links on what was published on the web during a week. It happened to be quite difficult. What was sometimes particularly difficult was to figure out whether the article was fresh or not. I decided to continue publishing interesting links related to Agile. I will still try concentrating on fresh articles and publish link sets weekly, but won't commit to it. Most of the time the links will be published weekly and will concentrate on fresh content, but will also include links to older content that caught my attention during the week.

Top writing that caught my attention this week:

» thekua.com@work " Defensive programming depends on context How to decide on how much defensive your code needs to be.
» Lasse's weblog - Best quote from Agile 2008 Possibly the best quote from the Agile 2008 conference.
» NOOP.NL: Managing Software Development: Call for Votes: Top 100 Software Engineering Blogs! Please email me some candidates for the upcoming and all-new Top 100 Most Popular Software Engineering Blogs. (Send me the URL of the blogs.
» AGILE IN ACTION: Be honest about what you are then start climbing Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition, which describes how people progress through levels of mastery in a subject

Weekly Agile Reading. Pack 9

December 15, 2007 by Artem Marchenko

Manually filtered top of the most interesting writing published since last Saturday. Of course, most interesting from my personal point of view.

Top writing of the week

  • Function to Function Pointer Refactoring - Bas Vodde, one of the Nokia agile gurus presents simple yet effective tip for refactoring the legacy C code for testability
  • Morning Cuppa - Dave Nicolette explains how agile software development is similar to drinking a good coffee. Not exactly a humorous post
  • Technical Debt Decision Making - Steve McConnell, one of the most known figures in the whole SW industry explains what exactly differs quick and dirty way from proper and slow way. The main point is that there is actually a quite measurable third path - quite quick, but not that dirty way
  • The NokiaTest: What Does It Mean Really? (1) - Joe Little from "Agile & Business" starts a series of posts that discuss the Nokia Test for Scrum. The first post covers the importance of the timeboxed iterations of less than six weeks length

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Weekly Agile Reading. Pack 8

December 8, 2007 by Artem Marchenko

Manually filtered top of the most interesting writing published since last Saturday. Of course, most interesting from my personal point of view.

Top writing of the week

  • The Nokia Test - Joe Little discusses the usefulness of the Nokia Test for whether a team s really using Scrum. By the way, in my opinion, it is an excellent, short and clear criteria.
  • Is Distributed Agile Development as Hard as it Looks - Dean Leffingwell claims that, when scaling agile, the problem of distributed teams is far not the most important.
  • Test Cancer - Martin Fowler describes a situation with the tests are not taken seriously after SW is delivered to the client
  • Unconsciously Agile - Damon Poole claims that most of software houses periodically work in the agile mode. When delivering the maintenance releases or patches.

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Weekly Agile Reading. Pack 7

December 1, 2007 by Artem Marchenko

Manually filtered top of the most interesting writing published since last Saturday. Of course, most interesting from my personal point of view.

Top writing of the week

  1. Nokia Foundation award to Pekka Abrahamsson.I don't usually write much about my day job company and my academic life, but this is a special case. My company gave its main award to a truly exceptional person in the agile world. Pekka Abrahamsson is one of those who brought agile to Finland and made Finland an "island of agile" as Alexey Krivistsky once called this northern country. Pekka continues bringing agile to the whole world and I am happy to be his PhD student.
  2. Integrating Scrum with the Process Framework at Yahoo! - Karl Scotland published slides from the Yahoo! Europe presentation at this Fall Scrum Gathering
  3. Return of the Naked Agilists! - Kevin Rutherford announces the second Skypeference on agile. The only thing you need to participate is a working Skype connection. Mark Saturday 19-Jan-08 20:00 GMT - 21:30 GMT in your calendar
  4. Everything you Need to Know about Agile - an excellent Dilbert comic on quite an typical (?) agile adoption story
  5. Agilistas on LinkedIn - Chris Spagnuolo created a new group on LinkedIn. There are 90 people already including Mike Cohn and Jean Tabaka to mention a few.
  6. Code Emphasis for Tests that Teach - Brian Marick claims that since one of the main test purposes is to teach us how to handle the tested piece of code, the test code should be refactored by the different standards

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Weekly Agile Reading. Pack 6

November 24, 2007 by Artem Marchenko

Manually filtered top of the most interesting writing published since last Saturday. Of course, most interesting from my personal point of view.

Top writing of the week

  1. Nine Boxes - Dave Nicolette describes a simple yet effective tool for interviewing customers. In essence it is just a clever set of of questions to get the requirement captured in a dialog.
  2. Estimating Testing Using Spreadsheets - Mike Kelly presents a practical approach of estimating the effort needed for testing the project. Whether we agree or not, some concrete spreadsheet examples are worth looking at.
  3. QCon - Trends in Agile Development by Kent Beck - srinip's notes after the Kent Beck's keynote presentation on QCon 2007 conference. Quite a typical Kent's talk. (Kent Beck is the father of Extreme Programming method)
  4. Scrum - Use More Paper - James Brett arguing for the use of simple tools in Scrum

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Weekly Agile Reading. Pack 5

November 17, 2007 by Artem Marchenko

Manually filtered top of the most interesting writing published since last Saturday. Of course, most interesting from my personal point of view.

Top writing of the week

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Weekly Agile Reading. Pack 4

November 10, 2007 by Artem Marchenko

Manually filtered top of the most interesting writing published since last Saturday. Of course, most interesting from my personal point of view.

Top writing of the week

  1. Lisp and Agile Development - an interesting view on how such a non-mainstream language as Lisp could help the team be agile. Quite unexpected as for me
  2. Agile is not about Rapid Software Development - Naresh Jain claims that agile methods strive for delivering the business value rapidly and it is far not the same as delivering software rapidly

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