Managing Programmer Productivity

Posted December 11, 2017 by Tim Ottinger in Amplify, Culture, Learning, Mob Programming, Tech Safety

Several decades ago, the software industry was obsessed with counting lines of code per programmer per month. That metric practice famously drove teams to create bloated, defect-ridden software products. After only a few years, the practice was abandoned as detrimental. Sadly, the biases and flaws behind that practice are with us still, influencing our practices […]
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Make Your Testing Affordable

Posted November 28, 2017 by Tim Ottinger in Learning

It’s great to have reliable tests in your pipeline to avoid escaped defects and to shorten the feedback loop for your programmers. Sometimes the build-and-test processes becomes a productivity-limiting problem. What do you do when your test suite takes too long to run?
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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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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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Grist for the Mill

Posted February 16, 2016 by Tim Ottinger in Anzen, Anzeneering, Coaching, Culture, Estimates, Learning, Mob Programming, Tech Safety

Let’s say that I ask you to calculate all the happy prime numbers between Planck’s constant and the speed of light expressed in meters per minute. Did you immediately start reciting numbers to me? Odds are that you did not.
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Refactoring – Prepare, Improve, and Clean

Posted January 8, 2016 by Bryan Beecham in Learning, Refactoring, Software Design, Test Driven Development

Refactoring is at the heart of the way we improve code. We make changes to the code for the purpose of making it easier to understand and easier to modify while maintaining the same behaviour.
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