Are you Simple-minded?

Daniel Krieg Dev Methodologies 5 Comments

Just a few months ago, I hired someone to install a picket fence in my backyard. I had three separate quotes of varying price and ultimately settled on the least expensive. The installation plan, among other things, consisted of determining where the corner posts would be placed, the height of the fence, the number and general location of the gates, …

Anatomy of a Retrospective, Part Three

Ben Haith Agile, Dev Methodologies, Tutorial 4 Comments

Part three in a three-part blog series. As previously mentioned, Retrospectives integrate well into the natural cadence of an Agile software development approach.  The three typical Retrospective rhythms are conducted at the iteration, release, and project points.  Additionally, a project team might consider conducting a “mini” or incident Retrospective; as an example, the result of a daily standup meeting could …

Setting the Stage for The Agile Retrospective, Part Two

Ben Haith Agile, Dev Methodologies, Tutorial 2 Comments

Organizational Culture of Collaboration and Feedback, the Facilitator, and Creating a “Safe” Environment Part two in a three-part blog series. Organizational Culture of Collaboration and Honest Feedback Among the tenets of the Agile software development approach, its notable emphasis on team collaboration might prove to be a difficult paradigm shift for a group without a history of successful high inter-team participation. …

The Agile Retrospective: The Art of Looking Back to Move Forward, Part One

Ben Haith Agile, Dev Methodologies, Tutorial 5 Comments

Part one of a three-part blog series. “The major problems of our work are not so much technological as sociological in nature.” [1] The above quote is a timeless summation that technology continues to hold a limiting influence on software productivity.  To be sure, innovations such as OOP, refactoring, test-driven development (TDD), architecture-driven software development, SOA and the like are …