Monthly Archives: December 2006

Size does matter

Post by Ben Edwards

Seth Godin is a bit nonsensical in some of his arguments for why small companies can compete against and even outperform larger ones (i.e. he cites the growth %’s of small companies compared to larger ones as evidence). Even though … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Processes, Business | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Analogy watch: The enterprise as a supertanker

Post by Ben Edwards

Kerry Buckley wrote a great post that made me laugh and think. When people talk about large organisations making major changes to their core processes or values, sooner or later someone will compare the process to steering a supertanker – … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Processes, Business | Tagged , | Leave a comment

How I Explained REST to My Wife

Post by Jesse O'Neill-Oine

This is pretty much the best description of how the Web works that I’ve ever read. REST makes sense, the Web has proven that; why is there even a debate about this? Sure, maybe there are a few places that … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Processes | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Cargo Cult Programmers

Post by Scott Vlaminck

In Cargo Cult Network Administration, Esther Schindler in her weblog for CIO Magazine discusses an interesting problem that is similar to that of hiring and Interviewing Programmers. This is by no means a new idea, but it did get me … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Processes, Business | Tagged | Leave a comment

Involving Workers in Decision-Making

Post by Scott Vlaminck

The other day I heard a piece on NPR about American Airlines involving their mechanics in making decisions about how to run a maintenance facility. At first, [VP Carmine J.] Romano was wary of the idea that the only way … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Processes, Business | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Trying vs. Using Applied to Interviewing

Post by Jesse O'Neill-Oine

Jason over at 37 signals has a great post about the difference between trying something and using something.  This ties in nicely with something that I’ve been thinking about recently which is: what is the best way to interview potential … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Processes | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

MinneDemo – Holiday Edition

Post by Ben Edwards

Join me and the rest of the Refactr gang for the holiday edition of MinneDemo on Monday, December 11th at the Acadia Cafe near downtown Minneapolis. It should be a great time with a great lineup of demos and and … Continue reading

Posted in Misc | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

God is an Agilist or Agile is God-Supported™

Post by Scott Vlaminck

I was raised Catholic and sometimes a neuron fires that brings back memories. Hence: An agile reading of The Creation Story from Genesis (King James Version): [Genesis 1] Day 1: God said “Let there be light” and there was light. … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Processes | Tagged | 3 Comments

No Silver Bullet [and Lego Programming]

Post by Scott Vlaminck

Today, Joel discusses how horribly the mainstream media reports on programming tools (and I would argue technology, in general) – specifically how there’s always a reference to a new tool somehow turning programming into something similar to putting together Lego … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Processes | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Design and the Agile Method

Post by Ben Edwards

In a recent post, Microsoft employee, ahem… wildchicken hurls some rather ill-founded accusations at something that is near and dear to me. In his opinion (or actually the opinion of several unnamed “respected” UX friends of his) the agile method … Continue reading

Posted in Agile Processes, Design | Tagged , | Leave a comment