When “Text Changes” Grow Crazy

Last sprint we had a half-point story, which in our world should be about a day of coding and testing, to do some “simple” text content changes on a wizard in our web application. It’s been a year since we had updated this part of the application (it mainly gets used from late January to […]

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Civility

Today I was lucky to hear part of the Thomas Jefferson Hour as I drove down to the ranch to work the donkeys. Thomas Jefferson, channeled by the actor and scholar Clay Jenkinson, quoted from his first inaugural address: “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle”. Jefferson believed that our elected officials […]

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Improving

It’s that time of year for resolutions. One important agile principle (to me, at least) is the idea of continuosly improving. We are always looking for experiments to try, ways to work better. (There’s discussion on Twitter right now about the label ‘agile’ – maybe it’s time to drop it and just let it be […]

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Grow Yourself with Rachel Davies and Liz Sedley

Agile Coaching, in my opinion, isn’t only for people who coach agile teams. If you’re in the software business, you’ll learn something valuable from this book. Start with the last chapter – “Growing You”. The only way to succeed in our industry is to continually learn and improve, and this chapter gives great suggestions how […]

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Nice Thoughts for the Wintry Season

I wrote a blog post on StickyMinds about my views on the importance of being nice. I particularly like some of the stories that commenters have shared about how they were able to get a good working relationship with difficult coworkers. Please share your stories! It’s that time of year where we may have a […]

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Thinking, and Communities

Eric Willeke, Liz Keogh and Jean Tabaka have inspired me (and many others, I am sure) with the following, which they produced when they got together in Boulder last Friday. I’m currently reading some draft chapters of Jurgen Appelo‘s upcoming book. His work is affirming my belief that successful software projects are the result of […]

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Beautiful Testing!

Beautiful Testing, with a wide variety of fascinating chapters contributed by leading software professionals, is available. Not only will it inspire you and your team to improve your testing and your product, but all royalties go to a good cause. I’m honored to have written a chapter. Please see the page on my site for […]

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A Learning Culture

I love conferences – I get to meet so many smart practitioners and come home bursting with new ideas. I’m back from Agile Development Practices and I learned a ton. One thing that’s on my mind both from the conference and other reading I’ve done this week is the importance of a culture that enables […]

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