July 10, 2012, 4 a.m.

Case Against Agile: It’s Too Damn Hard

This article has been beaten to death by many, including this blog. Still, I wanted to talk about several reasons why some organizations have difficulties adopting Agile. And if what I have to say is controversial, oh well, so be it.

Jan. 23, 2012, 4 a.m.

Cucumber and BDD

When Agile methods were first emerging, their proponents claimed that everything was going to be simple: we code units and the unit tests to test them, and the Customer writes acceptance tests. If the tests pass, it’s done.

Aug. 16, 2011, 4 a.m.

Pair Programming Misused

Many Agile folks love pair programming, and a lot has been written on how great this technique is for Agile teams. However, if misused or allowed to get out of control, pair programming can do serious harm.

Aug. 23, 2011, 4 a.m.

Metrics: Never Mind the Thresholds

Let's face it: managers love statistics. Having a bunch of numbers to look at, to track or to manipulate gives you the feeling of being in control of things, or at least of having a grasp on reality.

July 6, 2011, 4 a.m.

Estimation Techniques

Over the years, I’ve been involved in a lot of discussions about how to estimate during sprint planning. If you’re new to Scrum – or even if you’re not – you might find value in these musings.

July 5, 2011, 4 a.m.

Labor Arbitrage Isn’t

"Labor arbitrage" is one of those phrases that is used so much we stop thinking about what it means. By definition, arbitrage is "riskless profit as zero cost"; however, in outsourced software development, it is anything but.

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