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January 30, 2009


Context, My Foot!

There’s too much context going around.

Martin Fowler has recently posted a note on Flaccid Scrum. Related posts such as Jim Shore’s The Decline and Fall of Agile have made similar points. Lots of discussion has ensued. The fundamental

January 28, 2009


Pair Programming: How Important Is It?

Elizabeth Hendrickson hosted a web chat yesterday, attended by her imaginary brother Chet, Corey Haines, J.B.Rainsberger, and yours truly. After about a year of getting the microphones and webcams to work, we settled down to talk about pair programming. I

January 27, 2009


James Brett: Five Questions

James Brett runs He is starting a new series called “5 Questions”, where he asks leading lights in the industry five questions about Scrum and their relationship with it. Apparently he was unable to get any leading …

January 26, 2009


Scrum Gathering, Orlando

I’ll be attending the Scrum Gathering in Orlando this March, as will Chet. We’ll be speaking, and generally milling around with the rest of the folks. …

January 15, 2009


Essentials of Agile Software Development

How many times do I have to tell you this?

Agile software development, with one exception mentioned below, is iterative. An iteration consists of a short time-box, from one month down to one week. The length of the iteration, averaged …

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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 …

Estimate This! (or not)

My friends and colleagues in the #NoEstimates circles have some good ideas, as I've commented elsewhere. I'm left, though, with a couple of concerns.