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Observations on the testing culture of Test Driven Development

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The impact of software teams using TDD must not be understated. It is critical. Attention to the core technical skills of modern software development are critical elements of the continuous delivery pipeline (DevOps). I’ve been reading uncle Bob’s stuff and Kent Beck’s stuff again. It has been a great refresher from the old days (late 90’s, early 00’s) when I didn’t know jack and discovered XP. Back then I didn’t know enough to realize what I was missing. Less excuses today!


This is not a primer on Test Driven Development. It contains my personal observations of re-starting the discipline and the problem of unit…

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Vlog – Coaching tip #4

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For the love of all that is good in this world, please use your blinkers. Peace be with you, regardless. 🙂

Agile Moment: The Triangulation Technique

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Sizing Challenges

If you are a coach, scrum master or team having trouble with sizing your user stories and consequently estimation of effort and collaboration in story points (volume, knowledge, complexity, uncertainty, dependencies, risk) try out the triangulation technique. This technique also works for no-estimate teams operating in non-enterprise environments. Additionally, teams that experience significant changes in velocity from iteration to iteration or story point inflation may need to use this calibration technique. Read the rest of this entry »

VLOG – Relative cadence Coaching Tip #3 – Story point craziness and the Triangulation Technique

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The third coaching tip vlog. I know I’m not regular. But I do have to learn and practice some time! I’ve almost no feedback so far. I also need ideas to focus on. Lots of stuff I cover as a practitioner doesn’t fit in 2-3 minutes or I can’t talk about it. Appreciated, friends.

Looking for authors with good content. Words and character.

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Blogagility_definition4Looking for authors with good content. Words and character.

Have you adopted Lean/systems thinking and/or the “Agile” [sic] into your ethos? Do you have something to contribute to the community? Have fear about sharing your ideas and thoughts and want to learn how to let go? Do you want a place where you can grow? Are you a change agent? A disruptor? Do you care deeply about diversity of thought and beliefs? Are you a relentless improver? Who was this Deming guy? A lifelong learner? How do you personally innovate?

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Let the world see your butterfly! Don’t be a caterpillar forever.

 

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Why “Agile” and especially Scrum are terrible

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How the foolish try to lay the blame for their own failures on a hammer… Not to mention the misuse of the adjective Agile.

Michael O. Church

Note: My first novel, Farisa’s Crossing, will be released in early 2020.

Agility is a good thing, no doubt, and the Agile Manifesto isn’t unreasonable. Compared to a straw-man practice called “Waterfall”, Agile is notably superior. Yet, so much of Agile as-practiced is deeply harmful, and I don’t really think that the Agile/Waterfall dichotomy is useful in the first place.

There’s a variety of Agile, called Scrum, that I’ve seen actually kill a company. By “kill”, I don’t mean “the culture wasn’t as good afterward”. Rather, I mean that its stock dropped by almost 90 percent in less than two years.

What is Agile?

Agile grew up in web consulting, where it had a certain amount of value: when dealing with finicky clients who don’t know what they want, one typically has to choose between one of two options. The first is to manage the client: get expectations set…

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