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Playing around with pomodoros

Over the last 3/4 months I’ve been playing around with the idea of using pomodoros to track all coding/software related stuff that I do outside of work. I originally started using ...
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Agile Before there was Agile: Egoless Programming and Step-by-Step

Two key ideas underlying modern Agile development practices. First, that work can be done more effectively by Whole Teams in which people work together collaboratively to design and ...
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4 Warning Signs that Agile Is Declining

I’ve been thinking lately about how agile turned out to be the way we know it today. And the more I think about it, I get more depressed. You see, agile was supposed to save us all. ...
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The Architecture Spike Kata

Do you know how to apply coding practices the technology stack that you use on a daily basis? Do you know how the technology stack works? For many programmers, it’s easy enough to ...
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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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