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Poster outputs from Cognitive Bias workshop


Andy Moorley has photographed the posters produced by participants at the SPA 2007 cognitive bias workshop. I’ve rotated and cropped them and uploaded them.

Books and websites on Agile adoption


There’s been an information vacuum surrounding agile adoption for a long time now. Thankfully, books and other resources are starting to emerge. I’ve just been asked to provide some links on agile adoption and it seems like they might be of some use to the world at large so I’m posting them.

How can an application or language be agile?

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I’ve just read Chris Clarke’s post “How can an application or language be agile?”

I predicted a few years ago “agile” would follow “object-oriented” into the buzzword lexicon, right around when Microsoft started using the word. What happened with OO is that for a while everything was object-oriented. In some ways it was a step forward – lots of people got to hear about it and started trying to do it – but the meaning got so watered down that in the end there are a lot of lessons that most people haven’t really internalized. Hence we get some second-wave attempts to reconnect to the root concepts like Eric Evans’ book “Domain-Driven Design”.



Sun have finally started selling the Sun SPOT to US customers. I worked on this project until mid-2006 and I must admit I’m proud others will have a chance to use these devices. I’d like to highlight some of the great features of these devices, and some of the best things about being on this project.

April Fool - agile certification


Agile certification is currently a hot topic. Among the assorted April Fool’s pranks was this agile certification site. I captured some screen shots in case the site goes away.

How many agile developers does it take to change a lightbulb?


My entries for the SPA 2007 competition. Update I won a bottle of wine!

Cognitive bias at SPA 2007

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I ran the first cognitive bias workshop at SPA 2007 yesterday. It went reasonably well but as I expected it was difficult for participants to review and use the list of cognitive biases I provided.

Your iterations are too short!


The trend towards shorter iterations, while being a good demonstrator of increasing development capability, also tends to rob planners of an opportunity to step back from project minutiae.

XPDay 2006 Continuous integration workshop outputs

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Lindsay McEwan photographed the posters produced by the attendees at our continuous integration problem-solving workshop at XPDay London 2006. And today I finally remembered to upload them to the XPDay website. Sorry for the delay.

The XPDay phenomenon

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It occurred to me for the first time at XPDay London this year quite what a phenomenon we started when we organized that first XPDay in 2001. We (myself, Nat Pryce, Tim Mackinnon, Steve Freeman, Rachel Davies) talked about and hoped that groups in other countries would follow our lead, but I don’t think we seriously expected so many to follow.

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