Welcome to the July 27th edition of the Carnival of Agilists.
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Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- J Timothy King writes a great summary of the Build-A-Bear workshop story, and applies some of the lessons to customer relationships in software construction.
- Brian Marick is a contrarian on Leadership in agile project management.
Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Alex Bell, a software architect at Boeing, rants about the new wave of “silver bullets” in software development
- Timothy King writes another interesting article, thinking about all the indirect benefits of test-first/test-driven development
- You’ve been working on a project for a while, and there’s a lot of technical debt that’s accumulated. Johanna Rothman suggests some techniques to help pay off that debt while keeping your sanity and your schedule intact.
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- PierG has a series of discussions about improving communications in email (part 1 of 4). Previous thoughts on communications are here and here.
- At Agile 2006 Ken Schwaber discussed software quality, and when and how it should be compromised to make deliverables in a timely manner. You should definitely read the comments as well.
- Thoughts on the interactions of agility and usability, by David Churchville.
Responding to change over following a plan
- Most of the readers here are familiar with Scrum. Many may be familiar with the ToC. Alex Pukinskis talks about how they can fit together to make everyone more successful.
- In the midst of Microsoft’s struggles with delivering Vista, Glen Alleman has some thoughts on large project management and some techniques that make it easier.
- Dilbert shares his thoughts.
- Gantt charts not doing it for you? Johanna Rothman suggests Rolling Wave Planning.
- Is a plan a commitment, or is it a strategy? Jeffrey Phillips wrote about this a while back, and now Frank Patrick provides some additional thoughts on effective planning in a changing world.
In the news
- Read an exerpt from “Practices of an Agile Developer” by Venkat Subramaniam and Andy Hunt.
- If you need to combine Agile development with the CMMI, Brad Appleton has a great rundown of links on the topic.
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