Landscape of Sustainable Engineering Practices

Landscape of Sustainable Engineering Practices

I want to share an infographic and related narrative that has really helped people emotionally connect with the importance and challenges of sustainable software development practices. I usually show the landscape in a quick introduction to Agile; in two day trainings, I go through an in-depth narrative and discussion. Sustainable Engineering Practices The diagram shows [...] Continue reading »
Software Craftsmanship promotes Competence Culture

Software Craftsmanship promotes Competence Culture

The rise of anemic Scrum was noted to dismay among the Agile community and in particular by "Uncle Bob" Martin who coined the fifth Agile manifesto value of Craftsmanship over Crap(Execution). This gave rise to the much needed community of Software Craftsmanship. Looking at an earlier post - Agile is about Collaboration and Cultivation Culture - [...] Continue reading »
Rapid reliable releases

Rapid reliable releases

I recently attended a ThoughtWorks QTB - Rapid, Reliable Releases (AKA It's not making money until its in production) by Rolf Russell and Andy Duncan. It was a solid presentation around the importance of managing environments effectively. I will walk through the diagram below starting with ... a reliable continuous integration system creates a foundation [...] Continue reading »
Strategies for Effectively Managing Legacy Systems

Strategies for Effectively Managing Legacy Systems

Derek Longmuir presented ThoughtWorks QTB on working with legacy systems. You can see the video and slides on InfoQ. I like the definition given by Michael Feathers: Legacy code is simply code without tests. Legacy Systems have Value. They are usually business critical and feature rich. They may even be stable and reliable (YMMV). Hint: [...] Continue reading »

Agile Tour Toronto Presentation: A Gentle Introduction to Agile

Below are the slides from my first presentation at AgileTourToronto. It is based on ideas from Alistair Cockburn (among others) and has been a work-in-progress since I started sharing Agile ideas in 2002. Presentation Overview There are a lot of choices and alternatives for getting started with Agile. It can be confusing. This talk will [...] Continue reading »
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