Tag Archives: Refactoring

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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Conference Talk: Joseph Yoder on “Taming Big Balls of Mud with Diligence, Agile Practices, and Hard Work”

During the First Israeli Conference on Software Architecture, our invited keynote speaker Joseph Yoder gave a talk about “Taming Big Balls of Mud with Diligence, Agile Practices, and Hard Work”. Title: Taming Big Balls of Mud with Diligence, Agile Practices, and … Continue reading

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The End of Agile: Death by Over-Simplification

There is something basically wrong with the current adoption of Agile methods. The term Agile was abused, becoming the biggest ever hype in the history of software development, and generating a multi-million dollar industry of self-proclaimed Agile consultants and experts … Continue reading

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Coping with Change in Agile Software Development

Traditional software development methodologies, such as Waterfall, tried to follow a series of isolated steps: First you define all the system requirements, then you devise a detailed system design that satisfies these requirements, and then you implement the system according … Continue reading

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Avoiding Technical Debt: How to Accumulate Technical Savings

The metaphor of Technical Debt has been widely accepted as part of the current reality of software development. Programmers agree that they frequently need to make sacrifices in order to meet deadlines, and the consequences of these sacrifices are modules … Continue reading

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The Myth of Emergent Design and the Big Ball of Mud

Software developers following Agile methodologies often ask themselves how to adapt the traditional Design phase to an iterative software lifecycle. The basic question is how much design should be done before starting the implementation. There seems to be a consensus … Continue reading

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TDD and the Gamification of Testing

The Test-Driven Development (TDD) methodology was invented to improve the way we test the code we write, with the final goal of increasing the quality of systems being implemented.  The basic idea is that the tests must be written before … Continue reading

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