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  • Hounding your sources

    on Oct 22, 09 • by Patti Murphy • with No Comments

    Hounding your sources

    I remember that idyllic summer day when I saw my very agile dog Maggie jumping through the sprinkler. I laughed until I cried. And then I thought:  This reminds me of what I do for a living. I’m a technical writer and technical writing in an Agile environment is somewhat like chasing those water drops. You can run after those features, but early in the game there’s not really anything to hold onto. So, how does one document a feature that will probably change from one iteration (or day) to another without chasing one’s tail

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  • Going Agile Part 2: Preparing for Iteration 1

    on Oct 20, 09 • by Todd Landry • with 1 Comment

    Going Agile Part 2: Preparing for Iteration 1

    In part one of Going Agile,I talked about how we introduced Agile to our development team. This next post will look at the events that led to our first iteration planning meeting. During the weeks that led up to Iteration 1, there was much work that went on as a team, and much that each team member did individually. As the Product Owner, my biggest task was to create a backlog. Sure, I knew what the main new features were going to be, but I still needed to capture this, and add other oft-requested features

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  • Going Agile – Part 1: Introducing Agile

    on Sep 30, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    Going Agile – Part 1: Introducing Agile

    The first installment in my ‘Going Agile’ series will reflect on the earliest days that led up to our development team becoming an Agile development team. Before I get into this too deep, I should first set the stage a little. This organization is a medium sized ($500M in revenue) software company, with no other teams using Agile techniques. We were going to be the first. The product was well established, having been on the market for about 5 years, and traditional development methods were fairly effective from a delivery and quality perspective. The team

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  • Forging a path through the frenzy

    on Sep 17, 09 • by Helen Abbott • with 1 Comment

    Agile technical writing is a popular topic in the blogosphere (see Edwin Dawson’s recent three-part blog series). The user communication team at Klocwork is becoming more agile in fits and starts. In the last release, we joined our development team in using Xplanner, and found that it both reduced that horrible did-we-miss-something feeling and increased the visibility of our status. In this release, we’ve resisted the urge to create a matching help story for every dev story. Instead, we create stories that allow us to focus on the highest-priority types of information: what’s new in

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  • Going Agile – Series Introduction

    on Sep 10, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    After attending Agile 2009 in Chicago, and speaking with so many people about their experiences with Agile, I thought it might be an interesting opportunity for me to do the same. So with that as my inspiration, I’ll be putting together a blog series that will cover a number of topics ranging from introducing Agile to your team, through to the release, with a number of other interesting subjects in between. The series is in no way an attempt to tell you how to do things, but rather is intended to share experiences that

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  • Agile 2009… Day 4

    on Aug 27, 09 • by Brendan Harrison • with 2 Comments

    Main topic of today is using Agile in an FDA regulated medical device context. Sounds like an impossibility I know, but the folks from Agiletek and Abbott presented a very interesting case study on how they did it. They started off by presenting “the way it used to work”, highlighting an older product development cycle from the 1990s that had very strictly defined dev phases, including a 10-12 week integration cycle – yikes! When they decided to implement Agile on a more recent project they broke up their 3-5 year dev cycle in 6 week

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  • Agile 2009…Day 3

    on Aug 26, 09 • by Alen Zukich • with No Comments

    Busy day 3 with a number of sessions.  We attended: Strategies for Replacing Systems in Agile Projects, How to Evolve a Product Backlog, Agile Metrics and Four Core Concepts for Fast User Feedback. In the discussion for Replacing Systems I certainly got surprised by one of the strategies.  The first release of the replaced system should be inferior to the existing system.  At first I thought Niklas was crazy but this started to make sense when he describes that there are infinite ways to compensate users and make it balance out. The next session

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  • Agile 2009…Day 2

    on Aug 25, 09 • by Todd Landry • with No Comments

    Agile Product Management and a lively talk about modern software development by Alistair Cockburn were the themes of the day. The day started off with a hotel breakfast buffet at 6:30. One thing I rarely miss when I travel is a good breakfast to start the day. My speaking opportunity was, um, unique. Basically a bunch of stages set up around all the food. Oh, and also starting at 7:45 AM. I was able to rush through my presentation and still answer a few questions. Next was the keynote speaker, Alistair Cockburn. He arrived in

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  • Agile 2009…Day 1

    on Aug 24, 09 • by Alen Zukich • with No Comments

    Good start to the Agile 2009 show… seems bigger than last year and well organized so far. Interesting, we’re seeing lots of people from safety-critical shops – medical devices, telecom, military & aerospace, etc. Anecdotally seems like a big change from last year. Todd attended an Agile in safety critical talk that was a good general overview of why Agile is better than traditional development methods for these shops, but lacked specifics on how, why, etc. There’s an FDA & Agile presentation later in the week which will present an actual medical device case study

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  • Klocwork at Agile 2009 in Chicago…

    on Aug 21, 09 • by Brendan Harrison • with No Comments

    Off to Agile 2009 next week in Chicago where Klocwork will be both attending and exhibiting at the conference. We’ll blog throughout the week to keep people updated and let you know the latest. There are a few sessions in particular that we’ll be sure to report on and let readers know anything useful we learned (or not): Adopting Agile in an FDA Regulated Environment Java and Ruby Tools for Code Quality Effective Code Reviews in Agile Teams Zen and the Art of Software Quality Scrum and CMMI – from Good to Great Be sure

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