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Mowing through an Application of Agility Mowing the Lawn: An Application of Agility

Anthony Akins explains how he used agile methods to modify the way he mowed his lawn. Learn how any project can benefit from using an agile approach and how large projects can be broken down into smaller chunks, each complete and with value.

Tony Akins's picture Tony Akins
Traceability in a Practical Way How to Implement CM and Traceability in a Practical Way

Software development can often be a very complex endeavor, so it is no wonder that important details can sometimes get lost in the process. Here, Bob Aiello discusses how to implement configuration management (CM) and traceability in a practical and realistic way.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
Culture Change with Visual Management Creating a Culture Change with Visual Management

Have you heard the old maxim “What gets measured gets done”? Management expert Peter Drucker said it, and here, Bill Donaldson shows us how a smart manager uses visual management to apply measurement to change what gets done.

Bill Donaldson's picture Bill Donaldson
Considering Offshore Software Testing? Considering Offshore Software Testing? There’s a Better Solution for Your Business

Offshoring isn’t going away. But maybe we can be more intelligent about how we do it. Margaret Dineen has some ideas about how not to offshore and she shares them with us today.

Margaret Dineen
Be an Effective Leader When Working Remotely Can a ScrumMaster Be an Effective Leader When Working Remotely?

Mariya Breyter explores the role of a ScrumMaster and whether or not one can work effectively when working remotely. If the ScrumMaster is not available to orchestrate product delivery, bridge any gaps, and remove any obstacles, a product will never be delivered—even worse, a wrong product will be delivered. In order to achieve this understanding, the ScrumMaster must show value to the team as a natural leader, no matter if he is onsite or remote.

Mariya Breyter's picture Mariya Breyter
A Software Team's Journey to Agile A Software Team's Journey to Agile

Did you ever wonder if a team needs some prerequisites before transitioning to agile? In this true story, John Lynch shows us the story of a team who teetered on the brink of dysfunction and then was able to create its foundation so team members could begin their agile transition.

John Lynch's picture John Lynch
On Sumo, Architecture, and Enterprise Agile

In order to be successful in the ring, a sumo wrestler needs to maintain a heavy body weight and at the same time be in peak physical condition. Just as these Japanese athletes have to find the right balance through a well thought-out combination of diet and training regimen, software development organizations need a balanced approach to implementing application architecture on agile projects.

Douglas Adams on Software Development

In honor of what would have been Douglas Adams' sixty-first birthday, Kent McDonald explains how the esteemed author is still relevant to today's software professional. While Adams was alive he shared numerous, unintentional pearls of wisdom about software development and knowledge work that are as relevant and chuckle inducing today as they were when he wrote them.

Kent J. McDonald's picture Kent J. McDonald
Information Technology Predictions for 2013

While 2013 may appear calmer compared to 2012 due in part to fewer “big” events scheduled this year, the information technology (IT) industry and profession advances forward. The IT industry, interestingly enough, shapes events in addition to being shaped by events around the world.

James Sullivan
Designing Products for Users in Context

When designing software, you must look beyond simply knowing the goals of your users. It's far more useful to understand the context in which the product will be used.

Scott Sehlhorst's picture Scott Sehlhorst

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