“Why Agile Works” review

Coming from an Enterprise background in a previous life, of the cascading-waterfall, multiple-signoff, change-control, duelling-project-manager variety, this was a fascinating book.  This is a book about Agile For Enterprises. Not for the teams like mine that carved an agile garden in a world of fixed-price contracts. This is for the managers who want to know where … More “Why Agile Works” review

The Fog

Dream in years.Plan in months.Evaluate in weeks.Ship daily.— @dpatil — Michelle Lee (@mishmosh) January 12, 2017 Agile is about the here and the now. The moment, turning on a sixpence as the weather, and the market changes. Adapting to your environment and delivering, delivering, delivering at a consistent high quality. But what if you’re delivering … More The Fog

Naughtonomy

If you want a strong team of developers, give them autonomy. But what if they don’t want to take it? The ones in, or from, the big corporations who just won’t take the initiative? The ones who just want to be told what to do? I’ve said before that those are the waterfall people. The … More Naughtonomy

Non-functional requirements and terrific testers

There’s a ongoing debate about non-functional requirements: Non-Functional Requirements Are Not Nonsense and it’s a debate I’ve had within my teams as well. In most consulting projects I’ve seen, non-functional requirements are listed as a nice to have, rather than a must have. It’s not a matter of business logic vs. performance either. In one … More Non-functional requirements and terrific testers

My 2016 in review

2016 was a big year for me. A new job, a new house and the first full year following the John Sonmez blogging course. I got back into public speaking, with my talk about APIs, and the follow-up usable APIs guided conversation at CodeCraftConf, although I missed out on the return of DDD Scotland. I … More My 2016 in review