Tag Archives: Agile

Good Code is Adaptable Code

Some people find the diagram below very funny: it basically says that there is no way to write good code. Of course I do not agree with this. The diagram implies that writing well is a slow process, and that the requirements … Continue reading

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Adaptable Designs for Agile Software Development

The Agile Café Meetup in Israel organized a special event about “The Architect Role in the Agile Era”. I was glad to be invited to give a talk about Adaptable Software Design. Title: Adaptable Designs for Agile Software Development Abstract: This … Continue reading

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The Logic of Procrastination and the Last Responsible Moment

I had a good friend in a previous job who had this unbelievable procrastination habit. He would always wait to start his tasks as late as possible. But this was not because he was busy. He intentionally waited to begin … Continue reading

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Let’s Stop Having Insane Arguments About Software Development

Mr. Smith had a serious headache, so he went to see a doctor. The doctor told him: “I think you should get some insulin.” Mr. Smith replied: “Are you crazy? Insulin for a headache? Why do you say that?” The … Continue reading

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Agile and Wrong: The Problems with Emergent Design in Pictures

Many idealistic Agile practitioners propose the idea of Emergent Design: “With emergent design, a development organization starts delivering functionality and lets the design emerge. Development will take a piece of functionality A and implement it using best practices and proper … Continue reading

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On Anzeneering, Pride and the Definition of Done (DoD)

The concept of Anzeneering was created by Joshua Kerievsky, CEO of Industrial Logic and author of the book “Refactoring to Patterns“. It is derived from the Japanese word “anzen” which means “safety”. According to Joshua: “Anzeneers protect people by establishing … Continue reading

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Beware the Lean Feedback Loop: Over-fitting to Early Adopters

Today many software startups follow the ideas introduced by Eric Ries in his best-selling book “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses”. Ries is responsible for the popularization of the concept of the … Continue reading

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