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It is time to be fearless
If anything, the Agile Austin Open Space conference has reminded me that developing a software product is a leap of faith. With a new project, there are always unknowns, but with a good team that is capable of estimating with a good degree of accuracy and assesing risk well and tackling the riskiest features first, virtually anything is possible. As Agile practiioners, either from the Product Ownership ilk or the Developer ilk, we've got to trust but verify. We know that the people we work with are ......

Posted On Saturday, May 31, 2008 11:19 PM

How do you respectfully disagree and still build software?
Sometimes as developers we get into disagreements (or perhaps blood feuds) with our internal customers or other teams we have dependencies on. We were talking to Jeff Yaskin the other day at work (he was kind enough to stop by and have a chat with us), and he put forth the idea that when two teams are in a disagreement on how to do something sometimes it is necessary for one team to swallow their pride and let the other team get work done. I was wondering: what two warring teams should do to come ......

Posted On Saturday, May 31, 2008 8:06 AM

First Day of Agile Austin Open Space Conference
Seeing this conference coming together has been very interesting, not only because the subject matter is of great personal interest to me, but also from the standpoint of watching people self organize in the absence of a heirarchy so effectively. Four key principles of Open Space Technology are : Whoever comes are the right people. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have. Whenever it starts is the right time. Whenever it is over it is over. To me there exists a great deal of similarity ......

Posted On Saturday, May 31, 2008 12:23 AM

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