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What Would You Want Someone to Know Before You Let Them Run Your Project? (informal)

February 12, 2009 — Posted by Al Shalloway

A few years ago a few of us asked ourselves the question - "what would we need a person to know before we trusted them to touch code?"  We put together a set of competencies that we felt were the minimum that was required.  The rationale was that if they didn't know these, then faced with a situation that called for one of them, the person would likely write code that was of insufficient quality.  We put this list together in a roadmap form.  That is, start at one end of the list and keep going until you've learned all of what it details.  We call this

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Why Scrum Is Going the Way of XP and Why that’s a Good Thing

February 8, 2009 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Being in the software industry for 38+ years doesn’t make you any smarter but it does mean you’ve seen a lot.  In the early 2000s, eXtreme Programming was the cool new Agile methodology. If you asked someone what they thought about Agile, they might comment about not liking paired-programming or they might think up-front testing was not worth the effort, both of which are good practices that are still not appreciated enough. Equating Agile with XP, their impressions of XP practices flavored their impression of Agile. That is unfortunate.

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Why I Care About What Scrum Can and Cannot Do (informal)

January 31, 2009 — Posted by Al Shalloway

On the Lean Agile user group there has been a running debate on what Scrum is and why should we care.  I wanted to explain why I cared about what Scrum is.  This is essentially a post I made there earlier today.

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The Strategy Template Pattern (informal)

January 18, 2009 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I had my head down this last week doing some code coaching and agile analysis work.  The thing that strikes me about many of our clients is that it is not sufficient to show people what they should be doing, one has to show people what they can do where they are now, as well as create a path to get to where they need to go.  It’s kind of like learning how to ride a horse properly while you are riding something else.

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Alan in Wonderland (informal)

January 11, 2009 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I’ve been thinking about writing a blog like today’s for a couple of weeks and then noticed a comment that perhaps the leadership of lean software was perhaps lacking in humility.  Before continuing, let me say what I mean by humility.  Not necessarily being humble, but being respectful, open to other’s ideas, not thinking you are better than others.

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