Category Archives: Software Development

That Hope-y, Change-y, Scrum-y thing

“Embrace Change”. You’ve heard that before? What is the change and why are we embracing it? Is it just change for the sake of change? If we go from eating Cheeseburgers to Pizza will we really be healthier? Probably not? … Continue reading

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Blowhard Watch: Most outrageous Scrum Claim yet from Scrum CoInventor

People familiar with Scrum, XP, and Agile know that proponents of these methodologies often make baseless and ludicrous claims while they shamelessly hype their products. But even by these low standards, Jeff Sutherland goes over the top with his recent … Continue reading

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Is Your Startup Boss Optimistic and Demanding or Just Crazy and Selfish?

Now that the Web 2.x rush is upon us, and there are more and more startups being formed with with “professional” money or simply out of a garage. Whether it’s garage based or VC based, the situation is often the … Continue reading

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Did you know the typical Recruiter Margin is 40%? No? Read on….

Most businesses and contractors that make use of Recruiting agencies have no idea how much money is lining the pockets of the Agencies. “The most they’ll pay is $60/hr, Sugar” Why not? Because the Agencies keep it a secret; why … Continue reading

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Embracing Failure: Agile and Fear Driven Process

  XP Implies that failure is inevitable, and we should be expected  to (refactor rewrite  mercilessly); however they try to minimize the impact of the failure, by only failing one day at a time. However, since their next attempt does not … Continue reading

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Does XP/Scrum Violate the “Agile Manifesto”?

In this article we will examine whether XP/Scrum is consistent with the Agile Manfiesto and also look at whether Agile processes depersonalize and disempower the individual, making them mere tools of the collective State. The first stanza of  the second chapter … Continue reading

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It’s not velocity that matters, it’s how long it takes to get from point A to point B

Agilistas talk about “velocity” as if that is the metric that matters. It isn’t. What matters is how long it takes to create a reliable software product — how long it takes to get from Point A to Point B. … Continue reading

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