Monthly Archive: March 2006

Mar 31

V for Vendetta – A review (no spoilers)

If you had asked me at the beginning of the year what the best movie of 2006 would be, I would have predicted X-Men 3.   But, I am fairly certain that I was wrong, because so far, V for Vendetta is the best movie of this century.  (And also of this millenia?  No, I wouldn’t …

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Mar 30

Planning

Hugh Macleod on planning:

Mar 29

Adventures in Flex 2

Over the last month I’ve had to put OpenLaszlo away, and adopt Flex 2 as my RIA platform. I would have preferred to stay with Laszlo, but I’ve discovered that the way that Laszlo manages data sources seems fundamentally broken, forcing one to build applications instead of frameworks, and limit reuse. I may be wrong, …

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Mar 29

Adventures in Rails

My RubyOnRails web application (Bellygraph) went Tango Uniform last night.  I thought it was related to ongoing maintenance, but when I checked again this morning, it was still dead. I finally got it working by reverse engineering the configuration of another rails application that did work, and carefully “porting” the config/ directory. What a week!

Mar 28

Scrum is the gateway drug of the agile community

From the ScrumDevelopment yahoo group, Pascal Roy asks: Question to the community: Do you feel that using Scrum without any of the agile engineering practices can yield good results? … The question I raise (and I shamelessly timed this message with one of Ron’s that more or less discusses this issue) is whether or not …

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Mar 28

Quotes from Abraham Maslow

From: Maslow on Management. 1) “The better the manager, the more freedom people will feel to express irritation, disagreement.” 2) “Real achievement means inevitably a worthy and virtuous task. To do some idiotic job very well is certainly not real achievement. I like my phrasing, ‘What is not worth doing is not worth doing well.’” …

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Mar 27

Between these two things

http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/03/22/btsc.oppenheim.bionic/index.html http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/03/19/084202&from=rss Can giant suits of powered armor be far behind?  All we need is some sort of protoculture-based power matrix….

Mar 26

What’s in your wallet…

Darren Hobbs wrote that he lost his wallet, and he’s struggling to remember what’s in it. One piece of advice that I read (and followed) a while back was to make a photocopy of the contents of your wallet (all the cards, etc) front and back, and store them seperately, in a secure place. Obviously …

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Mar 22

SOA Questions

Jimmy Nilsson asks SOA == WS? (Which I interpret as “Does SOA mean Web Services”) Here’s my answer, in part sponsored by inspired by a talk given by Jeff Schneider of Momentum SI A service oriented architecture is one where the enterprise applications are each carefully designed to offer remote access APIs to do things. …

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Mar 22

Clarification on MDA

My previous post brought some confusion over my views of agile development and Model-driven architecture. When I said “MDA is the wave of the future” I was speaking as if I were James McGovern, trying to be a thought leader. John Brothers, the author of Indefinite Articles, does not believe MDA is the wave of …

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Mar 22

More on James McGovern, Thought Follower

Some may think I’m being unhelpfully mean with my criticism of Mr. McGovern’s post. So, let’s try a different approach. Using the same basic content that James put together, I’ll demonstrate the difference between leading and following. I’ll indicate where I feel that I deviated from James’ content with italics. How do we get Ruby …

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Mar 22

James McGovern – Enterprise Architecture Thought Follower

This post by James McGovern on Ruby reminded me of something… oh yes, this: Leaders respect those who are superior to them and tries to learn something from them; followers resent those who are superior to them and try to find chinks in their armor. and James McGovern says: While there are lots of books …

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Mar 21

Risk, Uncertainty and Doubt

In a great post, Jean Tabaka talks about Risk, Uncertainty and Doubt. I wanted to lay out some specifics with regards to Agile development’s ability to manage RUD. Risk There are lots of ways to manage risk. Waltzing with Bears is a great place to start, agile project or no. One of my favorite risk-mitigation …

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Mar 17

Agility and Feedback

I think the most underrated of the benefits of agile software development is the feature- and delivery- focused feedback loop. The ability to get project feedback in weeks instead of months, using comprehensible, real-world metrics is something that any operational manager should instinctively appreciate.  In fact, I suspect that if you were to rename agile …

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Mar 16

The March 16th Carnival of the Agilists

Welcome to the March 16th, 2006 edition of the Carnival of the Agilists. This is a biweekly roundup of the most interesting and helpful blog posts about agile methodologies, techniques and practices. New voices wanted If you write any blog posts that you’d like to see show up in the next carnival, send email to …

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