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How to Screw Up Your Scrum

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When it’s done right, a scrum-based environment can turn a stagnant, slow-producing development process into an iterative wonder. Unlike waterfall or XP that is linear and more like a relay race, scrum depends on team dynamics as well as individual commitment. Effective … [Read more...]

When You’re Thrown into the Fire: 5 ways to cope when you inherit code with no documentation

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It’s day one at your new company. The tour of the company is complete and your boss has settled you into your workspace, complete with state-of-the-art computer equipment. He provides you with the credentials needed for you to peruse the lines upon lines of beautifully … [Read more...]

Clashing Coding Styles: Learning to Work with a Growing Team of Programmers

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Programmers come and go. Teams expand and contract. How you deal with the varying coding styles of new hires (and sometimes veterans) can be either a deterrent or encouragement – depending on your process. “It's not at all important to get it right the first time. It's … [Read more...]

Improve Your Open Source Project Adoption by Catering to Integrators

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In the software ecology, a special type of evangelist works with organizations that are open to incorporating open source into their technology infrastructure. These “integrators” (sometimes called value-added resellers or just computer consultants) can encourage a business … [Read more...]

7 Things Your Project Manager Wishes Developers Knew

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Project managers take the heat from both management and from the development staff they aim to inspire. Here’s the information your team lead desperately wishes you’d understand – to benefit everyone who’s trying to get quality software out the door. In the high-stakes … [Read more...]