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  • Going Agile - Introducing Inspect-and-Adapt Cycles

    Many large IT organizations are so inefficient that helping them go agile may seem like an incredible amount of work. The key to not being discouraged is taking the long view and following the advice for how to eat an elephant: it is “one bite at a time”. If we try to solve all the problems...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 12-27-2006
  • Going Agile - Setting a Minimal Professional Standard

    Many agile processes are just that: Processes. However, one of the keys to success that is often overlooked is the technical project infrastructure, and the discipline and craftsmanship required by the team. While agile is lightweight it also sets the entry level for professional standards higher than...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 12-10-2006
  • Myths about SCRUM - "it's a daily stand-up meeting"

    Recently I have visited three different project teams that all claimed to be doing Scrum . When I quizzed them it turned out that what they did was just short a daily status meeting. Now, if that was all there is to Scrum we could have saved the money we spent on ScrumMaster certifications for everybody...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 11-23-2006
  • Code Reviews and the Developer Handbook

    We’re six months into a project. The code base is 53,000 statements, 2/3 of which are tests. We have been working 6 months according to a set of standards: test-driven development with unit and integration tests, model-view-control architecture, NHibernate OR-mapping for the persistence layer,...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 11-02-2006
  • Iterative Means Baby Steps

    I am working on an agile development project in tandem with a database team using a traditional somewhat iterative waterfall approach. The application has some metadata that are basically a bunch of enumerations in the database. In order to support multiple languages in the GUI we had added a table with...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 10-27-2006
  • ScrumMaster Certifications

    As of today everybody in Ative is a certified ScrumMaster. It has been a great course taught by Jens Østergaard and Jeff Sutherland , "the father of Scrum". We are looking forward to bringing the full Scrum arsenal to work for helping our clients create better software faster.
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 10-13-2006
  • Agility is...

    "Agility is about discovering how wrong you are as quickly as possible" David Churchville in 3 ways to meet your software project deadline
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Jul on 09-11-2006
  • Managing Successful Software Projects

    Successful software development is all about managing the development process. Many projects fail or linger in the "80% completed" phase for years on end. The root cause is a tradition for measuring status according to the wrong metrics. "The requirements are complete", "The...
    Posted to Ative at Work (Weblog) by Martin Gildenpfennig on 09-11-2006
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