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Blog Archive for wwake during August 2005

Random notes from Open Space Overheard: "Whenever I've been late, I've been yelled at by management. One time, we actually pulled it together and finished early. The president called me - not to praise me, but to say, 'You sandbagged me.'" Is XP Sustainable? Some things people do: Daily: variety Medium-term: cleanup projects Gold cards (explicitly scheduled 'free time') Slack Rick Mugridge,...
Jeff Sutherland on Advanced Scrum "Better, faster, cooler." If this is interesting, see Jeff's paper. I made very quick notes but it's an interesting extension of the Scrum work and I plan to give it more study. Scrum is out of development and into the whole company. This approach is for experienced ScrumMasters/developers only. See Lawrence Leach: "Eight Secrets to Supercharge Project...
Rachel Davies' and Mike Hill Workshop on Informative Workspaces Informative workspaces: Team memory Visible status (keep it fresh) Automation - light and sound Hawthorne effect Track "puzzles" Root cause analysis Positive focus Themes: Ownership: Own the space; collective ownership of communication, accountability. Transparency: Be honest with yourself - show where you really are; peer pressure...
More from the Agile 05 conference... Delivering APIs in an Agile Context, John Major John Major described a project that was doing custom programming of lab workflows as part of the Human Genome Project. This was an environment with lots of churn: biology, instruments, J2EE. Tensions: Stable APIs vs. agile change General features vs. "Do the simplest thing that could possibly work" Frameworks vs...
The "North American Simulation and Games Association" (NASAGA) is having their annual conference October 5-8 in Manchester, NH, USA. This group is mostly made up of people who use simulations and games as instructional tools. This is one of my favorite conferences. Disclaimer: I'm a board member, and I'll be co-leading a pre-conference workshop ("Rapid Game Remodeling", with Les Lauber). But...
The Agile '05 conference was July 24-29, 2005, in Denver, Colorado, USA. There were about ten or twelve tracks at all times, so this report is necessarily only a limited bit. Usually I teach, but this time I was an organizer so I got to be more like an attendee in some ways. Brian Marick and Bob Martin Keynote: Where were we, where are we, where are we going? Brian Marick: We have different...