I saw a note in the paper that Western Union has sent their last telegram, shutting down a 150-year-old business. Wish I'd known it was coming, I'd have sent "What hath God wrought?" to several people. (I know they just added "@" to Morse code a couple years ago...
How can we write tests that serve as specifications?
I've tried to create guidelines capturing what I do to improve Fit tests.
When you first learn how to play pool, you hit the ball with the stick and hope something falls in. After a while, you learn that really playing requires you to call your shot, and then make it.
Agile methods build in this same "call-your-shot" dynamic. Each iteration, we make a prediction about what features will be present, and put them in.
If you're in the Portland Oregon area (or can be:), you might be interested in this workshop with our colleagues Diana Larsen, Esther Derby, and Ken Schwaber:
"The Secrets of Agile Teamwork: Beyond Technical Skills"
Dec. 6-8, 2005, Portland OR USA
I was at the NASAGA conference, and posted this quick report (onto the NASAGA list).
It's always nice to start by running into old friends & making some new ones. Then I get into my fundamental problem I - there's so much going on, it's hard to choose what to do.
"The Roots of Lean. Training Within Industry: The Origin of Japanese Management and Kaizen", by Jim Huntziger. www.lean.org/Community/Registered/ ArticleDocuments/Roots%20of%20Lean%20-%20TWI.pdf
Tom Poppendieck pointed this out on one of the lists.
From Chris Crawford on Game Design:
"But there's one word, a German word, that we haven't yet stolen that should be high on our list of targets: schwerpunkt.
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.
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.