December 2015

Just Telling Teams to Self-Organize Doesn’t Work

December 23, 2015 0 comments

“Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility,” is one of the principles of the Agile Manifesto. In retrospect, at their ten-year reunion, at least some of the original authors of the Agile Manifesto felt they didn’t state this strongly enough. I believe technical excellence doesn’t just enhance agility, it enables it. Cobbling […]

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Be Anthropomorphic

December 16, 2015 0 comments

I have had the good fortune of working on two dolphin research projects in my life so far.  Dolphins are highly intelligent and their brains are, on average, larger than ours. I like to say that I have the privilege of working with the two most intelligent species on the planet, dolphins and developers. When […]

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How Open-Closed are you?

December 9, 2015 0 comments

Of the handful of programming principles that I live by, the Open-Closed Principle is perhaps the most important. I consider the Open-Closed Principle to be the central goal of all software development and what we should be striving for when doing development, beyond just getting our features to work. I was talking with Jim Shore, […]

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The Single Responsibility Principle

December 2, 2015 0 comments

The Single Responsibility Principle says that any entity, whether a class, a method, or a module, should have a single responsibility. But what is a “responsibility” and how big is it? Is a feature a responsibility or a task or what? I like how Bob Martin defines a responsibility. He says any entity such as […]

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