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Keeping standups smelling nice

My team has recently grown much bigger. I decided we needed to make sure our daily standup stays productive and happy and smell-free.   There’s loads of reading to be done on how to do this – just google “scrum … Continue reading

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Firefighting no more

There comes a point in a software project where the developers swap their keyboards for hoses, their chairs for fire engines, and their scruffy shirts for full-on protective gear and a nice shiny yellow helmet. Yes, it’s time to go firefighting. … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as …

I’ve just flown home from an excellent holiday in Austria. It is always a wonder to me that we can pump a steel tube full of people and highly combustible fuel and fling it into the air, landing safely (almost) … Continue reading

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The Scrumweasel

Rules of the Scrumweasel The Scrumweasel sniffs out Weasel Words. The Scrumweasel says nothing – just looks at you with its beady little eyes. Only you know if the Scrumweasel is looking at you. No team members should acknowledge the … Continue reading

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See sharp learning curve

Working with a new company presents a million subjects which would be great material for a blog post. From the trivial (when to go for a coffee, and how often) through the important (differing implementations of agile development) to the absolutely vital … Continue reading

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Enduring Change

“Nothing endures but change”, wrote Heraclitus in around 500 BC. I doubt he anticipated modern software engineering practices, but the man had a point. Teams change, requirements change, products change. Our process as software engineers must also change. We talk … Continue reading

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Jenga Methods

Jenga has its time and place. It makes a great drinking game; we’ve played it (dry) at a recent Company Mandated Funtime day outside the office. I’ve played a brilliant variant involving improvised storytelling and poetry (better than it sounds). … Continue reading

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