Posts Tagged ‘Agile’

  • Agile Adoption: An Update

    on Feb 18, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

    Agile adoption

    So awhile back, I was begging for some good statistics on Agile adoption, since at that time, there really wasn’t anything substantial to sink your teeth into. Well, a new report from Forrester came across my desk, and it helped to strengthen what most people believe…that Agile processes have overtaken Waterfall as the development methodology of choice. In this report, which cites information gathered from a Q3 2009 survey of IT professionals, it states that 35% of respondents said that Agile most closely reflected their development process, while waterfall processes came in at 13%.

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  • Death by a thousand cuts

    on Feb 11, 10 • by Helen Abbott • with No Comments

    Spend 80% of your time on One Thing.

    As a manager of a small tech writing team in an agile environment (are there any large tech writing teams left out there?), it’s easy to lose myself in how-the-heck-can-we-keep-up-with-myriad-coders-frantically-coding thinking. So when my manager scheduled a meeting to ask what innovations my team has planned for the next release or two, I thought of a few choice responses, such as “Um… how about documenting the new features in time for release? Is that innovative enough for ya?” and “Innovate THIS.” Eventually I calmed down, since he’s the boss, and I have a mortgage.

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  • Going Agile Part 5 – Going Retro

    on Feb 9, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 2 Comments

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    The last entry in my Going Agile series will look at the retrospective meeting. The retrospective meeting is held at the end of every sprint/iteration, and it is the time to discuss what went well, and what could be improved in the next sprints. Some people will say the Product Owner should be in attendance, and some believe the PO should not. IMHO, the PO is a part of the team, and should be there…and in our case, I was. We weren’t sure how to solicit input from the team, so we decided that everyone

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  • The Joy of… Code Review (part 2)

    on Jan 28, 10 • by Gwyn Fisher • with 1 Comment

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    Part II – Joy is the word… OK, so Grease is really the word, but it didn’t fit my theme, gimme a break… Anyway, back on topic, since Joy of code review – part one of this series was published last year we’ve seen our new code review product in action in a variety of customer and prospect situations, and much like the eponymous hair product in the musical mentioned above, what we thought of as an interesting twist on an existing paradigm has turned into a bit of a barn burner. I refer, in

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  • Limping through agile

    on Jan 21, 10 • by Patti Murphy • with 2 Comments

    The not-so-agile technical writer

    I’m a technical writer who’s a big picture kind of person and that means agile development is sheer torture for me. Going into my second agile project, I thought I would be able to go with the “flow” a bit more. I was wrong. But, it’s important to point out that our documentation team hit all of our deadlines for new features, while substantially rewriting our help set and moving it to a wiki. I’m pleased with the outcome, but the trip was not pleasant. This will be my first post in a series about

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  • Going Agile Part 4 – Iteration 1: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

    on Jan 19, 10 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

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    I just couldn’t resist using the classic spaghetti Western as the title for this installment of my Going Agile series because it a) it was an awesome movie, and b) it truly sums up that 1st iteration of ours. My last post was all about the 1st iteration planning meeting, and how it was such an exciting and productive time for our team. We came out of that meeting a little weary, but extremely motivated to get to work. We were also just a tad naive. The next 2 weeks were a roller coaster as

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  • Going Agile Part 3 – The 1st Iteration Planning Meeting

    on Jan 14, 10 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    Iteration Tasks

    Now that the New Year is upon us, I thought it would be a good time to add another chapter to my Going Agile series. My last entry left off at the point where we had prepared our backlog, created team rules and defined “Done”. Now we were ready for our first Iteration Planning meeting. In our “team room” we had all the essentials in place for this meeting: stacks of color-coded cards (for capturing the various to do’s, or tasks), pens and highlighters, our Scrum board (with pins) to stick our tasks onto, and

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  • RTFW

    on Dec 15, 09 • by Helen Abbott • with 1 Comment

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    Our new documentation wiki is up and running! For awhile it seemed like we’d never do it. We have a team white board that records our panic level, and for several weeks, the level was up around “hysterical” and “wanting to open my own daycare”. We also have a white board in front of the doc area, in a hallway where everyone walks by to get to the kitchen.  At one point when we were particularly frustrated with MediaWiki, the topic was “names for the new doc wiki”. A few good suggestions: Duh-Wiki Kwiki Wooki

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  • Embedded Systems Engineering – German 2009 Edition

    on Dec 10, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

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    Just wrapped up a successful 2 day Embedded System Engineering conference in Stuttgart, Germany. This “all-German” show had just shy of 600 attendees, as well as about 60 individuals (representing the 20 or so companies exhibiting), so this was considered very good by the show organizers (who by the way did a fantastic job… the food here, for example, was as good as I’ve ever seen for such an event). The Klocwork booth was shared with our good friends at Emenda, and we had a choice spot that allowed a good flow of people. We

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  • IP ESC ’09 – Vive la France!

    on Dec 3, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

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    Thought I would take a moment to share with you my experience at this year’s IP ESC show in Grenoble, France. First off, Grenoble is beautiful sitting at the foot of the French Alps. If you get the chance, go! Back to the show. This is typically the IP Show, but this year is the first that ESC has been added to the agenda. I don’t think it helped attendance-wise. From what I can tell, there are maybe 200-250 attendees in total. I spent the last couple of days sharing booth duty with our friends

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