Monthly Archives: April 2016

How to train your Agile

Modern Scrum is a certification-laden minefield of detailed practises and roles. To legitimately describe oneself as a Scrum Master or Product Owner involves an expensive two day certification class taught by someone who in turn took an eye-wateringly expensive Scrum

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Agile Education Workshop for Schools

This year will see the début of an educational workshop introducing the next generation of young people to agile practices. School students, Agile educators, and teachers will come together to take part in this hands-on digital skills workshop. Over 3

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The Programmers Oath

I wrote this blog some months back.  I’ve been thinking about it a lot since then.  It’s also the topic of the latest episodes of my Clean Code video series at cleancoders.com.

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On Thinking

by Rebecca Wirfs-Brock Daniel Kahneman, in Thinking Fast and Slow, introduces two “systems” of thinking: fast or type 1, and slow or type 2.  We don’t actually have two different parts to our brains—but we do have two distinct types

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Introducing Example Mapping

Before you pull a user story into development, it’s crucial to have a conversation to clarify and confirm the acceptance criteria. Some people do this during their backlog refinement or planning poker sessions. Other teams have a specific three amigosmeeting,

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Pair Programming, The most Extreme XP Practice?

I was an early adopter of XP. I read Kent’s book when it was first released in 1999 and though skeptical of some of the ideas, others resonated very strongly with me. I had been using something like Continuous Integration,

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Crowdsourcing a topic (part 2)

Which of the ideas here might be worth developing from half-baked to fully-baked?   “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.” – Marx So what might XP learn from FP?

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