Welcome to the October 5th edition of the Carnival of Agilists – the blogroll pointing you to some of the latest thoughts in the agile community.
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Diana Larsen shares some thoughts on using anonymity to get the most out of your retrospectives.
- Simon Baker writes about using whiteboards to help with timelines for retrospectives.
- Radical Collocation – does it help a team?Â Pete Behrens discusses.
Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Scott Ambler shares his thoughts on using Test Driven Database Development.Â You can read a summary here, and the full PDF here.
- The biggest buzz in the last week is on Steve Yegge, and his deep criticisms of agile development methodologies.Â Â There’s been a lot of discussion about this, and it’s probably best to share a bunch of opinions on the topic, and let everyone think about it for themselves.
- Steve’s original rant: Good Agile vs. Bad Agile
- And for more community discussion:
- Most importantly, what do you think?
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- When Requirements Attack!Â er… When Requirements spawn other Requirements – suggestions and advice from Johanna Rothman.
- Brad Appleton provides an ongoing overview of the surveys and trend analysis in Agile development
Responding to change over following a plan
- The simplest definition I’ve seen yet on why projects fail.
- Software Development Limericks by Kevin Barnes.
Something new I thought I would add for this carnival – a spotlight on one blogger who has contributed quite a bit to the conversations of the last year.Â Â Â My hope is that each Carnival Editor will pick one person each time they do this, to give more of a “deep view” of a particular blogger.Â Â This Carnival, the focus is on Glen Alleman – one of my favorite agile/related bloggers, and a list of my favorite posts from him.Â Â I don’t always agree with him, but his calm, thoughtful and experienced commentary on software development is always a great read.
Some of my favorite posts of his:
- Managing a Critical Path – Parts One, Two and Three
- Wicked Problems
- Work Queues
- Estimating via Monte Carlo Simulation
- Agile Project Management
- Software vs. Building Construction
- Project Manager Incompetence
- Things not to do in Project Management
All previous editions of the Carnival are referenced at the Agile Alliance website.
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