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    Speaking at the Great Indian Developer Summit

    April 14, 2011 Share
    Next week I will be speaking at the 4th Great Indian Developer Summit (GIDS) in Bangalore, India. I have spoken at the last three GIDS and really enjoy the “ninja” speaking style: 50 minute sessions! So my technical sessions will be all code/demo, no slides, only the “please fill out the evaluation” slide at the end. Here are my sessions: Tuesday April 19th, .NET day: Building RESTful Applications with the Open Data Protocol (no slides!) Agile Estimation (ok, slides for this one) Enhancing Developer Productivity across the Entire Stack (Telerik vendor session, NO SLIDES, no marketing, just code!) Wednesday April 20th, Web day: Introduction to WCF RIA Services for Silverlight 4 Developers (no slides!) Friday April 22nd, Seminar...
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    Rethinking Agile Methodologies Part IV: Kanban defined

    April 01, 2011 Share
    See also: ·         Part I: How I started to use Scrum ·         Part II: Scrum, but ·         Part III:  Moving away from Scrum In Part I we looked at how I got into Agile and Scrum. In Part II we explored how Scrum failed to be flexible enough to fit into my unique process. In Part III we took a look at how I got introduced to Kanban, without even knowing it. Today we’ll take a quick look at what Kanban is. Kanban is a Japanese word that loosely translated means “signal card.”  Kanban’s underlying thesis is that by using signal cards at various points in the production process to indicate the amount of work...
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    Rethinking Agile Methodologies Part III: Moving away from Scrum

    March 25, 2011 Share
    See also: Part I: How I started to use Scrum Part II: Scrum, but In Part I we looked at how I first got into Agile and Scrum. Last week in Part II, we explored how Scrum failed to be flexible enough to fit into my unique process. Today we will take a look at how I got introduced to Kanban. The start-up I worked at a few years ago that I described in Part II successfully used Scrum for traditional software development, however, when we were faced with a pretty unique development requirement, Scrum failed us. To refresh your memory from Part II, we had to spider thousands...
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    Sydney Telerik Agile Seminar

    March 16, 2011 Share
    Yesterday Joel and I did our “Agile Buffet Table” session in Sydney, Australia at Telerik’s all day developer seminar. We talked about XP, Scrum, and Kanban and how you can build your own methodology by mixing and matching the features from each of these agile brands.
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    Rethinking Agile Methodologies Part II: Scrum, but

    March 14, 2011 Share
    See also: ·         Part I:  How I started to use Scrum In the last post, we looked at how I got into Agile and Scrum. Today we will take a look at how I started to break the rules. After reading the Agile books by Ken Schwaber and obtaining my Certified ScrumMaster credential, I doubled down on Scrum at my start-up since it was working so well.  As things progressed and our business evolved, I started to bump up against the “rules” of Scrum. As I mentioned last week in Part I, the guidance was to only use Scrum locally, not with offshore developers several time zones ahead.  I was also breaking many other “rules”...