Make People Awesome through Real Work

Posted April 5, 2017 by Tim Ottinger in Learning

Typical training workshops are informative and can be a lot of fun. Teams get away from their normal work for a week or so, try out new technologies and techniques on prefab examples, give the instructor a quick rating, and then go home to their normal jobs. Is this the time for traditional classroom training?
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Transcend the “Feature Factory” Mindset Using Modern Agile and OKR

Posted March 18, 2017 by alex in Agile Transition, Culture, Estimates, Kanban, Lean Startup, Learning, Modern Agile, Trust

By Alexandre Freire Kawakami and Felipe Castro Agile adoption in most companies focuses on software delivery. Very few achieve business agility.
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Cycles of Mistrust

Posted January 24, 2017 by Joshua Kerievsky in Anzen, Anzeneering, Learning, Modern Agile

Have you ever felt that someone’s behavior was hostile or aggressive towards you, formed a negative opinion about them and then taken protective action(s) against them? If so, you’ve likely participated in a Cycle of Mistrust. In their must-read book, Driving Fear Out of the Workplace: Creating the High-Trust, High-Performance Organization, Kathleen Ryan and Daniel […]
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What Should We Measure?

Posted November 17, 2016 by Tim Ottinger in Learning

The Agile world is awash in metrics and measures, but most provide little benefit to teams. What if we could change our set of measurements to support safer software development, continuous improvement, happiness of our project community, and careful craftsmanship? In short, what are some Modern Agile metrics?
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Evolution, Cupcakes, and Skeletons: Changing Design

Posted November 15, 2016 by Bill Wake in Learning

What’s the best way to deliver and grow systems? There are several possible approaches. One approach is pure waterfall: “plan the work and work the plan”, phase by phase, with a big bang delivery at the end. Measure progress by “(estimated) % complete”. A second approach is used by many Scrum teams: develop a Release […]
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Harmony and Identity: Generalizing Code

Posted July 21, 2016 by Bill Wake in Refactoring

Do you find yourself creating code for similar methods or classes, and feel like it shouldn’t be so hard? You may be able to Harmonize Code and Introduce Identity Elements to make methods and classes melt away.
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Small Things

Posted July 14, 2016 by Tim Ottinger in Learning

Large changes are hard. Hard enough that they seldom happen, outside the context of a crisis. What if changing wasn’t a traumatic event but a lightweight, continuous process?
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The Swap Statement Refactoring

Posted July 7, 2016 by Bill Wake in Refactoring

When we wish statements were in a different order, the Swap Statement refactoring sometimes lets us swap them.
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The Nested-If Swap Refactoring

Posted June 22, 2016 by Bill Wake in Refactoring

You sometimes would prefer that two nested if statements were in the opposite order. The Nested-If Swap lets you change that order—under certain circumstances.
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Isolate-Improve-Inline: The 3-I Refactoring Tactic

Posted May 5, 2016 by Bill Wake in Refactoring

I often find myself using a particular multiple-step refactoring pattern that I call 3-I (or III): Isolate-Improve-Inline.
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