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Emergent Design

by Ron Jeffries, 2 November 2014 | The Agile Blogosphere

Then and now In a recent email, Martin Alaimo asks: There’s a very interesting discussion on the latin america agile community going on. It’s about the meaning of the Agile Manifesto Principle: “The best architectures, requirements, and designs emerge from self-organizing teams.” What is currently under discussion is the meaning of “emerge”, basically, what does...
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Common Scrum Definition At Last!

by Ron Jeffries, 25 September 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

I was asked to comment on this exciting press release: SCRUM ORGANIZATIONS ANNOUNCE OFFICIAL COLLABORATIVE ADOPTION OF SCRUM GUIDE Here goes: Strategically, the Scrum Alliance has been...
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Build it right to build the right thing

You can’t build the right product if you can’t build the product right. I tweeted that this morning, in response to a Twitter-vibe that was flitting around. I’d like...
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SAFe – Good But Not Good Enough

by Ron Jeffries, 27 February 2014
The Agile Blogosphere

I recently took the SAFe SPC training, with instructors Jennifer Fawcett and Al Shalloway. My bottom line assessment is that it will be a marketing success, organizations trying it...
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Argument from the “Real World”

by Ron Jeffries, 26 October 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

I often have occasion to describe some very effective ways of doing things. Let me list a few: Building software incrementally, in two-week cycles, with each increment showing real...
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The NoEstimates Movement

There’s a lot of interesting talk and thinking, going on under the heading of #NoEstimates. Woody Zuill and Neil Killick are two of the most vocal proponents. The basic idea, as I...
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Value is What You Like

In the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”, Robert Pirsig’s protagonist, “Phaedrus” is exploring the idea of Quality. At one point he reaches the statement: “Quality...
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Manual Testing Does Exist and It Is Bad

by Ron Jeffries, 25 February 2013
The Agile Blogosphere

My esteemed colleague and sometime nemesis Michael Bolton has written a screed against the terms “manual testing” and “automated testing”. Check it out, sapiently. In...
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Kate Oneal and the Mythical Italian Restaurant

Kate met Dan Devlin at the coffee shop on Main Street where he had originally recruited her. They shared the lovely weather and caught up to date on their lives. But Dan had a question. ‘Kate,”...
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Kate Oneal: Handling Defects

A few minutes before 9, the team was in the coffee room. “What time’s the meeting?” said Gil. “Is she here?” “Nine sharp,” said Susan. “I...
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Thoughts on “Big Change Up Front”

Alan Shalloway blogged on “Big Change Up Front”, suggesting that it’s not always the best thing to do. This made me think … Alan’s blog makes the point...
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Which End of the Horse?

by Ron Jeffries, 24 December 2010
The Agile Blogosphere

“Why don’t you believe in testing?” said Lanette Creamer, the Testy Redhead. Ah, but I do. I care about what, when, and at which end of the horse. It’s really...
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Back to Waterfall Isn’t QUITE the Right Answer

by Ron Jeffries, 12 December 2010
The Agile Blogosphere

An odd article by Trent Nix  on “LearnTFS” purports to debunk Agile by moving closer to waterfall. Interesting, but not quite right. Trent Nix, in this article, suggests...
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