Overhaul to "It’s not just standing up"

Jason Yip has overhauled his definitive article on running stand-up meetings. The update incorporates his latest understanding on what separates a valuable meeting from a waste of time, emphasizing the "walk-the-board" style of stand-up.

Remote versus Co-located Work

In the software industry we hear a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of remote work, and a recent outbreak of that finally got me to write my thoughts down. I point out that there's distinct patterns of remoteness, which yield different ...

Microservice Trade Offs

Many development teams have found the microservices architectural style to be a superior approach to a monolithic architecture. But other teams have found them to be a productivity-sapping burden. Like any architectural style, microservices...

How to Change a Culture

Mike Bland concludes his article on testing culture with some general advice on how to change a culture to introduce testing, generalized from his experience at Google and elsewhere. This finishes what’s been a long and fascinating article that really gets...

10 years and still Cannot Measure Productivity

One of the great frustrations of the software industry is that we don’t have properly built studies to figure out whether development tools and techniques such as object-oriented programming, test-driven development, or even high-level languages are good for...

How do you estimate on an Agile project?

If you’re interested in techniques for estimation, you should take a look at this pdf ebook. It contains half-a-dozen essays on estimating in agile projects, drawn from our experiences with a wide range of clients. We explain approaches based on story points...

An Appropriate Use of Metrics

Like many of us, my colleague Patrick Kua has seen a lot of use of metrics. Management love their metrics. The thinking goes something like this, “We need a number to measure how we’re doing. Numbers focus people and help us measure success.” Whilst well...

New ThoughtWorks Technology Radar

The ThoughtWorks TAB has released the latest edition of our technology radar. As usual this provides our current view on what technologies are interesting, generated by a mix of our technological curiosity and project experience. I’ve also added a FAQ on...

Update of "It’s Not Just Standing Up"

Short daily “stand-up” meetings are a regular feature of agile projects. Done well they allow frequent communication across the team with a high signal to noise ratio. Done badly, they can be pretty grim. For several years, this article by Jason Yip has become...

Signature Series 40% off until May 15

It’s been going on for a bit, but I’ve been tardy in letting people know. Addison-Wesley are currently having a promotion on signature series books. You get 40% off if you buy through informIT and buy at least two books in any of the series (ie mine,...


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