October 06, 2005
Carnival Of The Agilists - 10/06/05
Welcome to the second edition of the Carnival of the Agilists. I've reorganized a little, and we're going to group posts according to the four main agile principles. And then, at the end, we'll have tips and tricks, case studies and anything else that doesn't seem to fit into the four principles.
Responding to change over following a plan
- We'll start off with some big news - Linus Torvalds is apparently not a fan of big specs. Read all about it here
- Victor Szalvay has a great post on multitasking and how it can give you a false sense of efficiency. *
Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
- Rebecca Wirfs-Brock writes about handling "dissension in the ranks" on agile development teams, something that I have encountered many a time. *
- Emmanual Gaillot writes a funny post about being in the agile closet. Not that there's anything wrong with that!
- Wayne Allen has some insights on specialists, and what it means when you spend lots of time waiting for them during your iterations.
- Jeffrey Phillips, a veteran consultant has a great post about barriers to teamwork, and how to overcome them.
- Shabnam Tashakour provides his thoughts on tranformative experiences and how they contribute to effective use of agile development methodologies.
Working software over comprehensive documentation
- Forrest Chang talks about refactoring, and how a good suite of unit tests makes it much easier.
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
- Skip Angel talks about the end user as the project's ultimate goal. He points out some of the interesting ways priorities shift when you involve the end user in your project.
- Anthony Williams talks about focusing on solving the right problem when you listen to your customers.
- Brian Marick takes an interesting contrarian view - is agile development better at being wrong? Or put differently - does agile development help you fail fast, so you can work past the problems more quickly?
Agile Tips and Tricks
- Keith Ray talks about how he used unit tests to build some complex image filters.
- Todd Sattersten from 800-CEO-READ has a review of a book that sounds very much like the 'company-wide' version of agile development: 100 Day Projects
- Skip Angel has another great post, an Introduction to Agile Development.
- Johanna Rothman has a great rant about organizations that are too flat.
Next WeekI've gotten a couple of people who are interesting in helping coordinate and rotate the Carnival. I'll be following up with them shortly. If you would like to also be part of the rotation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any posts that you'd like included in next week's Carnival, please send them to me (again, at email@example.com), by 10/13 at noon. Thanks everyone, for their help and cooperation!
Shout OutsThanks to Pete Behrens of Trail Ridge Consulting for sending me some great links!
* - Indicates I wasn't able to get the permission of the person before linking, but I thought the post was important enough to post anyways
Posted by jb at October 6, 2005 03:57 PM
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