Category Archives: agile

On programmer behaviours that make Scrum so bad

Respectable persons of this parish of Internet have been, shall we say, critical of Scrum and its ability to help makers (particularly software developers) to make things (particularly software). Ron Jeffries and GeePaw Hill have both deployed the bullshit word. … Continue reading

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There is no “us” in team

I’ve talked before about the non-team team dynamic that is “one person per task”. Where the management and engineers collude to push the organisation beyond a sustainable pace by making sure that at all times, each individual is kept busy … Continue reading

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On UML

A little context: I got introduced to UML in around 2008, at an employer who had a site licence for Enterprise Architect. I was sent on a training course run by a company that no longer exists called Sun Microsystems: … Continue reading

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By doing it and helping others do it

We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. It’s been 20 years since those words were published in the manifesto for agile software development, and capital-A Agile methods haven’t really been supplanted. … Continue reading

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Self-organising teams

In The Manifesto for Anarchic Software Development I noted that one of the agile manifesto principles is for self-organising teams, and that those tend not to exist in software development. What would a self-organising software team look like? Management hire … Continue reading

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The manifesto for anarchic software development

Go on, read the manifesto again. You’ll see that it’s a manifesto for anarchism, for people coming together and contributing equally toward solving problems. From each according to their ability, to each according to their need. The best architectures, requirements, … Continue reading

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Stay on target…

I introduce the kind of customer who needs the Labrary’s advice with the following description: Your software team was a sight to behold, when it started out. You very quickly got to an MVP, validated its fit with early successes, … Continue reading

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Everyone rejecting everyone else

It’s common in our cooler-than-Agile, post-Agile community to say that Agile teams who “didn’t get it” eschewed good existing practices in their rush to adopt new ways of thinking. We don’t need UML, we’re Agile! Working software over comprehensive documentation! … Continue reading

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Experts around the table

One of the principles behind the manifesto for Agile software development says: Business people and developers must work together daily throughout the project. I don’t like this language. It sets up the distinction between “engineering” and “the business”, which is … Continue reading

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The Fragile Manifesto

A lot of what I’ve been reading and thinking about of late is about the agile backlash. More speed, lower velocity reflects on IT teams pursuing “deliver more/newer IT” at the cost of “help the company achieve its mission”. Grooming … Continue reading

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