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Methods & Tools - August 2016

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*** Quote of the Month ***

Are there unbreakable laws ruling the process of software development? I asked myself this question while reflecting on a recent project, and the answer leads to many conclusions, some already known and some more revealing.
Scientific laws reflect reality and cannot be broken. They have strong implications onto how we build things. For instance, there is no point in building a car with vertical propulsion once youíve observed that the law of gravity will prevent your car from drifting into space anyway. But software lives in the logical world. Does it really follow any laws?
* The fixed context in every problem: Under fixed circumstances, every solution will behave the same way, unless it has been modified.
* Impact of each change in software: The impact of a technical decision is directly proportional to the size of the project and to how much of it is affected.
* Trade-offs in software development: Every technical decision comes with an implied tradeoff.

Source: The 3 Effects Iíve Noticed During Software Craftsmanship,

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Forming Agile Teams

As stated in the Agile Manifesto, Agile software development is about "Individuals and interactions". The importance of having a performing team where individuals collaborate is an essential factor for the success of software development projects. In his "Forming Agile", Jesus Mendez provides some tools that offer an alternative-proven way to add more structure, transparency and visibility to formation of Agile teams.

Read the review and quotes from Forming Agile Teams.

Reference: Forming Agile Teams, Jesus Mendez,

*** Linkopedia ***

Software Development Linkopedia August 2016

Blog: The Principles of Quantum Team Management

Blog: The Quiet Crisis unfolding in Software Development

Blog: A Simple Guide to Saying No

Blog: Top Five (Wrong) Reasons You Don't Have Testers

Article: Software Testing Environments Best Practices

Article: Customization vs. Personalization in the User Experience

Article: Modeling Data Versus Designing Databases: A Case Study

Article: Free Retrospective Tools for Distributed Scrum Teams

Tools: Intern is code testing stack for JavaScript.

Tools: is an open-source C/C++ package manager.

Video: Retrospective on Steroids with Toyota Kata

Video: Automatically Improve the Quality of your Code

Video: Java Microservices: Enough with Theory, Let's Code Some

Video: Say No to (More) Selenium Tests

Video: Facilitating Product Backlog Refinement

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