Posts Tagged ‘Agile’

  • Observations from the Agile in Action Roadshow

    on May 21, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

    Just returned from my second stint on the Agile in Action roadshow with our friends from Electric Cloud, Perforce, and VersionOne, this time visiting the cities of Toronto, Philadelphia and Chicago. Rather than going into minute detail (and the fact it is a Friday afternoon before a long weekend), I thought I would share a few random observations from this trip: Organizations (and individuals) are begging for as much information and guidance as they can get on Agile and tools for Agile, and are willing to give up a days in the office and brave

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  • If you want users to RTFM, write a better FM

    on May 6, 10 • by Helen Abbott • with 9 Comments

    If you want them to RTFM, write a better FM

    When I was documenting a new refactoring plugin for Vim, I checked out the Vim web site, and came across this blasphemy: Vim isn’t an editor designed to hold its users’ hands. It is a tool, the use of which must be learned. Later, someone sent me this beauty, from Elitist Jerks: Stop being lazy and read. Are users lazy? Do they expect hand-holding? Do they expect one button and no manual? Or is this more true to life? In the end, it probably comes down to this: Make tools usable. Then technical communicators can

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  • If Agile is going Lean, then get it right

    on Apr 8, 10 • by Eric Hollebone • with 3 Comments


    There has been a start to bring the concepts of  lean manufacturing  into agile development. Recently, Mike Cottmeyer in How to Build a Large Agile Organization proposes that Agile on its own is not enough for a large organization.  In his view, Agile falls short and needs to be supplemented by additional methodologies like Lean or Kanban when coordinating outside the development team. If adoption of Agile is impeded by its very nature in large organizations and Kanban is the proposed answer, then the Agile solution is insufficient. Agile needs to expand its scope to be relevant and useful

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  • The Joy of… Code Review (part 4)

    on Apr 1, 10 • by Gwyn Fisher • with No Comments

    Part IV – Joy is in the eye of the beholder In preceding posts on this topic, I’ve outlined the continuing shift from in-person, physical interactions as being the defining notion of both social and business contexts, towards virtual interactions and marketplaces, and the fact that in all aspects except the most personal the latter can fulfill everything expected of the former. But what does all this have to do with engendering a vibrant and successful code review practice within a development organization? On the face of it, nothing much. Code review, you could determine,

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  • Where Agile shines

    on Mar 23, 10 • by Alen Zukich • with 4 Comments

    In my previous post I discussed where I thought Agile really falls flat.  The problem I have is working remotely.  Several times now I’ve misinterpreted what exactly we covered in remote meetings.  These have been mostly minor things but they do add up. But here is where there is just a massive difference between Waterfall versus Agile.  By far the biggest lesson for me and why I love Agile is all based on visibility.  Having a working product in one simple iteration means the world.  So even though I was ranting in my previous post,

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  • Where Agile sucks

    on Mar 16, 10 • by Alen Zukich • with 5 Comments

    Unlike Todd who is this blog’s main Agile expert, I’m pretty new to agile.  I’ve gone through the typical training (CSPO) and all the other good stuff,  so I’m drinking the Kool-aid.  But I thought I would provide my perspective,  now that I’ve been working in an Agile shop for a while and tell you what I think really sucks.  I’ve read lots of warnings why Agile can fail and I’ve tried to stay focused on overcoming the hurdles. Being a product manager, one of the things that is really ringing true to me is where

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  • Everything IS big in Texas

    on Mar 11, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment


    As I write this, I’m sitting at the Dallas airport, suffering through a 3 hour delay on my flight to Washington D.C. to present at our 2nd Agile in Action Roadshow with our friends from Electric Cloud, Perforce, and VersionOne. As I have the time, I’ve been reflecting on my time here in Dallas, and the phrase “Everything is big in Texas” is bang on. Before I get to that though, I have to say that I do love Dallas…I’m not totally sure, but I truly believe I’m treated a little more special because of

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  • The Joy of… Code Review (part 3)

    on Mar 4, 10 • by Gwyn Fisher • with No Comments

    Part III – Joy is All Around Us When you think of a social activity, what do you think of? Perhaps a rave? Or maybe a quiet bridge foursome is more your style? Or even a Matrix-style meet-and-greet complete with latex and contortionists? Ahem… Or maybe you’ve finally let go of this old-world requirement to actually be in the presence of an individual to enjoy a social encounter with them, and instead have embraced the reality of the 21st century, that society and social interactions no longer require physical presence, and instead surround us every

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  • Limping through agile: Part 2

    on Mar 2, 10 • by Patti Murphy • with 1 Comment

    Wouldn't it be great to use XPlanner for everything? Just imagine the velocity I could achieve.

    At the risk of sounding like a co-dependent, in this post I discuss coping mechanisms that a “big picture” technical  writer (say, like my friend Beulah) can use to adjust to working in the granular conditions of an agile environment. Don’t give up the big picture     When you work on a bunch of stories or tasks, it’s trees, trees, trees everywhere  you look and not a forest to be found.  This means that a nice concise how-to could be a long way off while you document myriad  features. My advice is to finish

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  • Code metrics

    on Feb 23, 10 • by Alen Zukich • with No Comments

    Just came across this post about the 5 code metrics you need to watch.  I thought it was worth mentioning as I just blogged about this below (including something similar a while back).  These are interesting metrics and more high level, but certainly important.  I like labeling duplicated code as something important.  I think we often forget how much we reuse code and have the same mistakes in many places

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