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  • Blog Post: The death of agile?

    Mike’s got some great points about how agile goes wrong. I’ve seen them all. The skills and talents of individual programmers are the main determinant of software quality. No amount of management, methodology, or high-level architecture astronautism can compensate for a poor quality team. The motivation...
  • Blog Post: Dinosaur engineering org structure is #dead. #yammer

    This. Is. True. “People make the incorrect assumption that software engineering is writing code to a spec, but it’s not. The engineering decisions you make also matter a lot — and no one builds engineering organizations with this in mind.” Why Yammer Believes the Traditional Engineering Organizational...
  • Blog Post: 5 Great Agile Suggestions And One Questionable One

    I’ve long been a big fan of agile development and DevOps, but after lots of recent projects and non-trivial pain points, I’m skeptical of anyone who recommends “less documentation” as leading to improvements in processes and quality. These techniques have been identified as they provide a ‘low hanging...
  • Blog Post: Do we really need a manifesto for software craftsmanship?

    This seems like a reaction to, maybe an extension of, the Agile Manifesto. I don’t see anything that I object to, but maybe that’s just because I (and the teams I lead who adopted and signed the Agile Manifesto) believed those “implementation details” were already covered. Not only working software,...
  • Blog Post: Testing the SQL Database

    Being a big fan of test-driven development of any kind, database or otherwise, I was honored to sit on a panel with some other much smarter people than I at TechEd*2008 entitled "Testing the SQL Database." Not only did I get to opine a bit, but I also got to learn some, too, which happens whenever you...
  • Blog Post: How to crash agile-ly?

    Charlie and I never worked together, but after reading his account of a recent cult experience, I could swear that we had. On that project. The problems started when we tried to integrate these methods into our existing environment. First, management demanded that we estimate—and commit to—a...
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