Category Archives: Agile

Agile

Iterations, increments or Sprints ?

So what’s in a name … ? Does it matter what you call your chunks of work ? In many ways it doesn’t – different people use the terms inter-changeably. Sprint is specifically a Scrum term, XP tends to use … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Opinion, Project Management | 1 Comment

Beauty and the Beast…

One of the challenges working in a consultancy on client site, is adapting modern ideas and techniques onto existing legacy systems. The temptation can be to sweep away the old and replace with the new, but most times this is … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Project Management | Leave a comment

The Nokia Test – Are you doing Scrum ?

If you think you are doing Scrum, how do you know ? There are lots of good books around, but – whilst Scrum is deliberately quite simple – it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of the principles. Over … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Opinion | 1 Comment

Agile Development with CMMI … ?

One of the common criticisms levelled at Agile development – particularly by those who haven’t experience it for themselves – is that it is little better than hacking. In particular, that the reduced focus on documentation is evidence that the … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Opinion | Leave a comment

Eclipse Web Tools Platform: Bringing Joy Into The Lives Of Others…

Well, this week I’ve been able to introduce another developer to the Eclipse Web Tools Platform project and it’s been satisfying to see the look of joy on his face as he discover its hidden gems. As well as the … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Java, Tools | 2 Comments

Fixed Price or Agile ?

Mark raised some very good points in his comment against my recent post on welcoming change in projects: “One main barrier to these approaches being adopted in the past was the engagement/contract models that our clients dictated. If the project … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Opinion, Project Management | 2 Comments

Change is good

My last post on Agile software development ended on one of the Agile Manifesto key principles – “Welcome changing requirements, even late in development.” But surely that leads to chaos – how can we possibly build something if we’ve got … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Opinion, Project Management | 4 Comments

Agile software development – back to first principles

The Agile Manifesto was released in 2001 with some theatre and not a little revolutionary symbolism. Whilst it was seen by many as being a radical departure from accepted software development “best practise” I remember being somewhat bemused at what … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Opinion, Project Management | 3 Comments