Agile 2008 – Industrial Logic’s Agile eLearning

Friday, August 15th, 2008

One of the things that really impressed me at the conference was Industrial Logic's Agile eLearning product/project. I went to two good talks by Joshua Kerievsky (refactoring) and Brian Foote (patterns) both of which demo'ed their eLearning stuff. It's arranged in albums and makes lots of use of videos. ...

Agile 2008 – Something is wrong but why?

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

If you've been in software a while a lot of the time your gut starts to tell you that something feels wrong before you figure out exactly why. This year's Agile 2008 conference gave me several insights into why some things I've had deep reservations about are wrong in a ...

Agile 2008 – Scrum and Kanban

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Corey Ladas of Modus Cooperandi talked about "Starting a Kanban System for Software Engineering with Value Stream Maps and Theory of Constraints" The section of this talk that was about applying Kanban to an existing Scrum process, "Scrum-ban", can be found on Corey's blog. What this does for you is ...

Agile 2008 – Agile on Very Large Projects

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Bas Vodde's talk on Tuesday "The Trouble With Component Teams And An Alternative". The title is somewhat obtuse, but the talk was great. Essentially he was talking about the problems with scaling very large projects when the teams are focused around the components of the system rather than the features. ...

Agile 2008 – One Hundred Days of Continuous Integration

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

My talk on the patterns & practices Service Factory:ME team's experiences with Continuous Integration (CI) and our data analysis of the CI and Team Foundation Server logs is this morning at Agile 2008. You can find the presentation for this talk here: One Hundred Days of Continuous Integration - slide deck One ...

Agile 2008 – BDD and Ruby

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Tuesday I attended a workshop on behavior driven development (BDD) And Ruby by Gregg Pollack. I learnt a bit more about Ruby and finally get the BDD thing. The p&p developers have been playing around with dynamic languages in their spare time and having quite  The slides and sample code are ...

Agile 2008 – Distributed Agile

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

This is a dump of all the suggestions that came up during the "What Makes Distributed Agile Projects Succeed (or Fail)?" workshop by Chris Sims on Tuesday afternoon. I've highlighted the ones what the group agreed were the top three.

Agile 2008 – Keynote

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

The opening keynote speaker is James Surowiecki. It's a great talk! I'm tempted to buy his book. He had some great pointers into how to use the decision making process of crowds and best practices on how not to skew the crowds results. Some of this plays right back into ...

Conference survival strategies

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

This year's agile conference is bigger, and better than before. This leads to the problem of what the hell to go and listen to. Here's my strategy for the week...

At Agile 2008

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Bumping into lots of people I haven't seen much throughout the year, including Mitch Lacey, David Anderson (of Modus Cooperandi) and Chris Sterling, it's only Monday morning! There's a lot of people from Microsoft here, including several speakers. This is nice to see, as it's a reflection of the ...