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Agile2011: Adam Sroka—Jokes, JavaScript, and My First Employee

Adam and Bob Payne chat about the JavaScript, the federated wiki, and a wide variety of topics as usual.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Kanban and Lean Startup: Making the Most of Both

Alexei Zheglov reflects on his startup experience and David Anderson’s kanban method in light of Eric Ries’ lean startup movement. Making the most of both approaches requires understanding how they relate to each other.

Alexei Zheglov's picture Alexei Zheglov
Dear Author

In my role as technical editor for and as a reviewer for my trusted colleagues, I have the opportunity to read drafts of articles and some books. I see some troublesome behavior. I know it because I exhibit it. In all cases, the author receives feedback the author doesn’t like, but doesn’t want to stop writing.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Management Myth #3: We Must Treat Everyone the Same Way

One of the biggest management myths is, “I must treat everyone the same way.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Everyone has different goals for their career, and those change over the course of a career.

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman
Seven Things to Do before Starting an Agile Transformation

Where does innovation come from, and how do we get there? Building the next great product may require companies to undergo an agile transformation.

Laszlo Szalvay's picture Laszlo Szalvay
Agile2011: Bob Martin—Clean Coders, Purity of Essence, and Ten Years of the Manifesto

Bob Martin talks about his book and videocasts of his work getting the code in clean and right. He expands on his discussion of craftsmanship and the habits of coders that code clean. He also discusses the ten years of the manifesto and the growth of agile.

Bob Payne's picture Bob Payne
Heard and Valued: Three Short and Useful Bits of Advice for Improving Your Leadership Skills

Yogi Berra famously said, “You can observe a lot just by watching.” In this article, Payson shares some of what he’s learned about leadership just by listening. Learn how transparency and iterative improvement can maximize the results of great leadership.

Payson Hall's picture Payson Hall
Dear Customer: The Truth About IT Projects

In this personal and direct letter to customers, Allan Kelly pulls no punches and explains why IT projects don't always pan out for all of the parties involved.

Allan Kelly's picture Allan Kelly
On Beauty, Quality, and Relativity

The saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” rings true whether you’re staring at a centuries-old painting, listening to a busker’s music reflect off the tiles in a subway station, or testing software. It’s one thing to evaluate quality, but how do we evaluate how we evaluate quality?

Zeger van Hese's picture Zeger van Hese
Paper versus Electronic Dashboards: Goals and Values

It's almost a matter of dogma that, for agile teams, low tech project tracking tools and artifacts are superior to electronic ones. The usual reason you might hear for preferring a physical task board to an electronic issue system are are that a physical task board is more visible and encourages communication and collaboration. I appreciate this, and have seen it, but I've also seen teams do well with issue tracking systems. From time to time I see a discussion of this "physical versus electronic  tracking" issue and I find myself frustrated by it, but not sure why.

Steve Berczuk's picture Steve Berczuk


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