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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 going to move my stuff to my new house?” You of course reply: “Sure I can help, what time do you want me to ...

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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 integration, test-driven development, user stories and frequent releases. These practices are hardly radical or extreme today. So what does “extreme programming” mean now? To me, the idea behind Extreme Programming can ...

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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 I going to do today? What is getting in my way? Standups offer a quick check on what’s happening, what’s changed, who ‘s working on what, ...

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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 its unit tests within about ten minutes. This is the Ten Minute Build rule in James Shore’s and Shane Warden’s book The Art of Agile Development ...

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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 implementation of that backlog is. I have found that the single greatest influencer in the success or failure of a backlog is the process of ...

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Save money from Agile Development

If You Don’t Use Pair Programming and Code Reviews as Teaching Tools You Waste Money There is an easy way how to save many man-days and thus also money on a project by adding some work to the key team members. You must be thinking that I’m crazy if I want to add even more work to the already overloaded ...

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