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  • Blog Post: Software Experts Summit 2011

    I’ll be speaking at the Software Experts Summit 2011 , organized by the IEEE Computer Society. It will take place at the  legendary Computer History Museum, in the heart of the Silicon Valley. The theme for the summit is “ Managing the Pace of Innovation ”. The organizers lined up an impressive...
  • Blog Post: Lessons learnt from failure

    Joshua Kerievsky posted an insightful experience report yesterday. In it, he talks about an eLearning product his company (Industrial Logic) tried to introduce, which turned out to be a commercial failure. The analysis he draws from this failure is a valuable set of lessons: communicate product development...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Library 5.0 … and we’re off!

    We have officially started our development work on EntLib5.0. Earlier I’ve shared our product backlog , which was largely driven by you, the community. Our initial plan is to ship in early 2010. If you want to stay tuned with what we’re doing, the best way is to keep an eye on the home page of our community...
  • Blog Post: (Un)training puppies or adventures into the world of agile

    As I was going through postings from our internal agile discussion forum (yes, we do have one at Microsoft and it’s pretty vibrant too, with, on average, about a dozen of messages daily), I came across the draft of Sara Ford’s story about how she learnt to program manage an agile team after 6 years of...
  • Blog Post: Where to find useful stuff from the Agile conference?

    Agile conference traditionally publishes proceedings (that’s where you find all research papers and experience reports ). Attendees also receive a CD or a memory stick with tutorial materials (decks, handouts, demos etc.). Several main stage talks are available as webcasts . What about workshops ? A...
  • Blog Post: Agile Perspectives PDC Workshop

    As promised, here’s the deck Mary Poppendieck and I used during the workshop . We hope it was worth the attendees’ time. We encourage you to try new techniques we talked about and let us know how your agile adoption is going. For more information, visit Mary’s site .
  • Blog Post: Agile PreCon at PDC 2008

    Mary Poppendieck and I are set to run a pre-conference workshop on Agile Perspectives: Industry and Microsoft . In it, we will provide our observations on what works, what doesn’t in the world of agile, and why (we call this segment of the workshop “Reality of agile”). The objective is to provide pragmatic...
  • Blog Post: Agile2008 selected sessions online

    You wish you could have made it to Agile2008 in Toronto 2 weeks ago? A small number of sessions is now available online. 18 sessions have been recorded, 3 of which are already made available: − Natural Laws of Software Development - Deriving Agile Practices by Ron Jeffries, Chet Hendrickson ...
  • Blog Post: Acceptance Test Engineering guide - How to Decide if Software is Ready for You or Your Customer - Community Preview 2 released

    On Monday, we released our CTP2 on Codeplex: http://codeplex.com/TestingGuidance . You’ll see it now includes the consumption model and also some recommendations on how to read the guide. There are three parts. Part I. Narratives and Models - this is a short section that is meant to be read end-to...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming conferences - where I'll be (May - Oct 2008)

    Tech-Ed 2008 Developers , June 2-6, Orlando, FL. I’ll be giving a talk on the Enterprise Library (DVP02-TLC). I’ll be also hanging out in the exhibition areas (mainly, Process & Project Management (DVP- VSTS 2008)). CAST 2008 , July 14-17, Toronto, ON. I look forward to good interaction with...
  • Blog Post: Empirical Evidence of Agile Methods: ce que nous savons, ce que nous pensons savoir et ce que nous voulons savoir

    I gave two versions of my talk on the Empirical Evidence of Agile Methods : What We Know, What We Think We Know, and What We Would Like to Know at the patterns & practices summit in Québec City, Canada and the Agile Québec user group last week. Here’re the materials of the talk I promised to post...
  • Blog Post: Unity project heartbeat

    Those who follow the work of our team on Unity have probably noticed a certain rhythm we follow – of weekly Unity CTP drops on Tuesdays. Today, we did another one. It has some changes to the API (described at http://www.codeplex.com/unity/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=11319 ). Please check it...
  • Blog Post: Tests and Requirements, Requirements and Tests: A Möbius Strip

    Over a year ago, Robert Martin and I wrote a paper on exploring and disambiguating requirements with acceptance tests. In it we formulate the equivalence hypothesis - as formality increases, acceptance tests and requirements become indistinguishable. At the limit, acceptance tests and requirements are...
  • Blog Post: Agile 2008 Conference - new model, many changes - part 1

    Catching up on blogging about Agile 2008 Conference , for which I am a Program Chair. Luckily, I am part of an amazing squad of 40+ enthusiasts and their teams, led by the fearless trio: Rachel Davies (who is the General Chair), Mary Poppendieck (who shares Program Chair’s responsibilities) and yours...
  • Blog Post: Scrum at Macro and Micro Levels

    Scrum has come of age. Not only it is entering the mainstream of modern software development, but it is, IMHO, the most popular/successful agile method for project management today. It was not the case a few years ago, when XP dominated the agile world. Ken Schwaber reconfirmed this with some stats on...
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