Tag Archives: Agile

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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Indefinite Optimism: the Problem with the Agile and Lean Mindsets

In the last decade we have seen a decrease of interest in Software Design and a sharp increase of interest in Agile methods. The first graph below compares the trends between Software Design and Agile. The second graph compares the … Continue reading

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Talk: Adaptable Design Up Front (slides + video)

Last week I was invited to talk at the IASA eSummit on Architecture for Agile Software Development. My talk tries to answer the question: “How much Design Up Front should be done in an Agile project?” I present my approach … Continue reading

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The Problem with Velocity in Agile Software Development

In my previous blog post about the “Real Danger of Quick-and-Dirty Programming“, I criticized some Agile practices such as measuring the Velocity and drawing Burndown charts. In this post I would like to extend and clarify this criticism, bringing also … Continue reading

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