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How to start a Coding Dojo

I recently attended the XP Days Ukraine conference in a rainy, but beautiful and Christmas-decorated Kiev. I conducted a coding dojo and gave a talk where I demonstrated pair programming ...
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Iterationless Development – the latest New New Thing

Thanks to the Lean Startup movement, Iterationless Development and Continuous Deployment have become the New New Thing in software development methods. Apparently this has gone so far ...
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Understanding the Vertical Slice

One of the biggest challenges in breaking down backlogs is knowing how to split up the work from a backlog into right sized pieces. I’ve already talked about the concept that smaller ...
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You can’t be Agile in Maintenance? (Part 2)

This article continues from You can’t be Agile in Maintenance? (Part 1) Coding Guidelines – follow the rules Getting the team to follow coding guidelines is important in ...
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You can’t be Agile in Maintenance? (Part 1)

I’ve been going over a couple of posts by Steve Kilner that question whether Agile methods can be used effectively in software maintenance. It’s a surprising question really. ...
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Even Backlogs Need Grooming

Imagine this common scenario if you will. One of your friends calls you up and says: “Hey, would you mind helping me move on Saturday, I am getting 4 or 5 people together and we are ...
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How extreme is extreme programming?

The term Extreme Programming (XP) was coined in the nineties. Originally, it described a set of practices that have mostly been widely adopted today. Among these practices were continuous ...
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Standups – take them or leave them

We left ‘em. Standup meetings are a core practice in Agile methods like Scrum and XP. Each day the team meets briefly to answer 3 questions: What did I get done yesterday? What am ...
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The Ten Minute Build

Given a development environment any developer should be able to get hold of the source code, click a button or type a simple command and run a build. The build should compile and perform ...
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Breaking Down an Agile process Backlog

The process of breaking down a backlog is one of the most important steps in any Agile process. I have found over the years that the better a backlog is broken down the smoother the ...
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