Emergent Design

Then and now In a recent email, Martin Alaimo asks: There’s a very interesting discussion on the latin america agile community going on. It’s about the meaning of the Agile Manifesto Principle: “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.” What is currently under discussion is the meaning of “emerge”, basically, what does...

Common Scrum Definition At Last!

I was asked to comment on this exciting press release: SCRUM ORGANIZATIONS ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL COLLABORATIVE ADOPTION OF SCRUM GUIDE Here goes: Strategically, the Scrum Alliance has been working toward there being a single agreed document among the “big three”...

Build it right to build the right thing

You can’t build the right product if you can’t build the product right. I tweeted that this morning, in response to a Twitter-vibe that was flitting around. I’d like to follow it up here with a bit more meat. The …

SAFe – Good But Not Good Enough

I recently took the SAFe SPC training, with instructors Jennifer Fawcett and Al Shalloway. My bottom line assessment is that it will be a marketing success, organizations trying it will see improvement, and some will see great improvement. And I don’t like...

Argument from the “Real World”

I often have occasion to describe some very effective ways of doing things. Let me list a few: Building software incrementally, in two-week cycles, with each increment showing real working features, is a really good way of managing a project. Creating acceptance...

The NoEstimates Movement

There’s a lot of interesting talk and thinking, going on under the heading of #NoEstimates. Woody Zuill and Neil Killick are two of the most vocal proponents. The basic idea, as I understand it, is that it is possible to do small chunks of work incrementally,...

Value is What You Like

In the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, Robert Pirsig’s protagonist, “Phaedrus” is exploring the idea of Quality. At one point he reaches the statement: “Quality is what you like”.  In Agile Software Development — as in many other...

Manual Testing Does Exist and It Is Bad

My esteemed colleague and sometime nemesis Michael Bolton has written a screed against the terms “manual testing” and “automated testing”. Check it out, sapiently. In his article, Michael, for reasons which have not become clear to me,...

Kate Oneal and the Mythical Italian Restaurant

Kate met Dan Devlin at the coffee shop on Main Street where he had originally recruited her. They shared the lovely weather and caught up to date on their lives. But Dan had a question. ‘Kate,” Dan said, ‘things are going well. Products are selling,...

Kate Oneal: Handling Defects

A few minutes before 9, the team was in the coffee room. “What time’s the meeting?” said Gil. “Is she here?” “Nine sharp,” said Susan. “I just went by her office. She’s not there.” “Carl and I have...

Thoughts on “Big Change Up Front”

Alan Shalloway blogged on “Big Change Up Front”, suggesting that it’s not always the best thing to do. This made me think … Alan’s blog makes the point that processes like Scrum (everyone’s favorite whipping boy) require big...

Which End of the Horse?

“Why don’t you believe in testing?” said Lanette Creamer, the Testy Redhead. Ah, but I do. I care about what, when, and at which end of the horse. It’s really hard to get one’s ideas into 140 characters, but these...

Back to Waterfall Isn’t QUITE the Right Answer

An odd article by Trent Nix  on “LearnTFS” purports to debunk Agile by moving closer to waterfall. Interesting, but not quite right. Trent Nix, in this article, suggests that you can make an Agilist “squirm” by asking where “your...

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