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Elena Yatzeck
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Kryptonite Handbook, or Why You Can and Must Measure Software Development Productivity
The title Martin Fowler's classic 2003 "bliki" post, " CannotMeasureProductivity ," almost says it all.  Why "almost?"  Because, by the end of the entry and to complete the thought, Fowler concludes that we also should not even attempt it: I can see why mea...
The title Martin Fowler's classic 2003 "bliki" post, "CannotMeasureProductivity," almost says it all.  Why "almost?"  Because, by the end of the entry and to complete the thought, Fowler concludes that we also should not even...
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PowerPoint for Those Who Must Use It
There's a lot out there about how to use MS-PowerPoint, starting with Edward Tufte's advice to NEVER NEVER use it .  An example from Edward Tufte of what you should do graphically, instead of using PowerPoint.  http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/minard But I ...
There's a lot out there about how to use MS-PowerPoint, starting with Edward Tufte's advice to NEVER NEVER use it.  An example from Edward Tufte of what you should do graphically, instead of using PowerPoint.  http://www.edwa...
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Patterns for Agile Transformation Success: How To Structure Your Agile Enterprise Without Doing a Gut Rehab
Mike Cottmeyer has re-emerged in the blogosphere, after a bit of a lull, with an electrifying series of posts about enterprise agile, one of which is entitled How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise .  I love the whole series, and especially this post, ancho...
Mike Cottmeyer has re-emerged in the blogosphere, after a bit of a lull, with an electrifying series of posts about enterprise agile, one of which is entitled How to Structure Your Agile Enterprise.  I love the whole series, ...
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3 Reasons Agile is Best in Cynical, Cutthroat Cultures
As agile divas coaches, we are prone to think things like:  "agile is never going to work in a company [like this one] with a horrible, toxic culture. [but I will take the money and give it a shot.  What the hey, it's job security.]."  In fact, "company phi...
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Staffing for Scaled Agile: Retention is Better Than Acquisition
As you begin your large-scale agile transformation, you may find yourself printing out posters of The Big Picture , jack-hammering cube walls into pulp, and negotiating an awesome corporate site license for an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool.  P...
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Return of the Matrix: The Organization Around the Self Organization
Do you have a group of, say, 100 people, whom you want to organize optimally for a software delivery program?  Martin Fowler is famously on record saying that " scaling agile is the last thing you should do. " A better approach is to try to scale down your ...
Do you have a group of, say, 100 people, whom you want to organize optimally for a software delivery program?  Martin Fowler is famously on record saying that "scaling agile is the last thing you should do." A better approac...
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Battle Plans for the Self Disorganized
As agilists, we all hear a lot about self-organizing teams.  I'm pretty sure I have already aired several, probably conflicting, opinions about self-organizing teams, like " someone else should assign people to the teams and decide what they should do, and ...
As agilists, we all hear a lot about self-organizing teams.  I'm pretty sure I have already aired several, probably conflicting, opinions about self-organizing teams, like "someone else should assign people to the teams and d...
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Hey Mike!  I agree with you.  I really wanted to cross-apply advice from RDH to agile, and there were, sadly, a lot of hygienists saying the most important thing to do is a complete medical interrogation followed by the probing and shouting.

That said, I still think there's some radical insight here, which is that unless you plan to stay and coach a team forever, it's better to teams control as much of their changing as possible, as soon as possible, to make the changes stickier.

So maybe it's just a matter of degree, in terms of how much you tell people overtly what to do, and how much you can help the team members to discover a perspective for themselves which is upgraded from what they would have done on their own.
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Elena remembers most of her 30 years in IT, and while this window to the past is still open, she would like to let it be known that she has never coded onto punch cards nor seen a vacuum tube in use.  She did do some coding on some funky magnetic cards one time, but that was in HIGH SCHOOL.  Today she is paid to fire up and channel corporate enthusiasm for effective software delivery practices around the globe.  Also, she cooks a really amazing spaghetti.
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Waubee Cup, Camp Nanabosho, 1973.
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The City Colleges Board of Trustees on Aug. 1 approved pay raises that put all of the seven college presidents’ annual salaries at $170,000.

Ask Nicola: My night at the Lammys
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Nicola Griffith, author of books such as And Now We Are Going to Have a Party, The Blue Place, and Slow River, rants, rhapsodises, and rambl

Top Tips – Advanced Acceptance Test Driven Development
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[caption id=attachment_514 align=alignleft width=300 caption=Focus on Success][/caption] Over the course of my career I've had the pleasure

Scaling Agile starts with thinking lean | ThoughtWorks Studios
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When thinking about scaling agile to aggregate levels such as programs and portfolios, it is very important to be even more vigilant against

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The Madox is the real thing. It is like living at a luxury hotel, staffed by 100% nice people (the ones who normally only staff the "concierge floor" at the best hotels), and with your own furniture. :-) It is a green building staffed by genuinely nice people. It is close to the light rail, three ferry terminals, two PATH stations, multiple dry cleaners, and multiple restaurants, including Light Horse Cafe. The units are bright and well-maintained, with stainless kitchen appliances and built-in washer/dryer in every unit. They have a really nice, clean workout room. There is a 24 hour concierge service--every one of the concierges is super nice--and they sign for packages. They have an email system so that when you get a package, you know to come and pick it up. Really neat rooftop deck with a view of the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan. Gas grills galore! Really--you have to move here.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
I love Wheated. I read in someone else's review, maybe on Yelp, that this is the "local" you never got to go to in real life. That is exactly how I feel about the place. The pizza is amazing. They have terrific, knowledgeable bartenders, and the owner, David, is often there himself and he knows everything about whiskey. They have great salads. And they have this amazing ginger hot fudge brownie sundae that I don't even want to tell you about because I want them all for myself. :-) Really, do go. It's a great place for nice people.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Wonderful for history buffs, whether Waterloo aficionados or readers of regency romances. I agree with the reviewer who said there should be a better catalog, so you could get information on any object, not just one or two per room. But even so, there is a lot to enjoy aesthetically and also in terms of human interest. For example, Napoleon hated the Canova statue, which depicted him as a naked Hercules, and made his actual average height look short and squat by comparison. The moment he saw it, Napoleon banished it to the basement of the Louvre. So of course, what object does Wellington make sure to bring home and feature in his main stairwell? Seemingly nice but profoundly insulting. And so on. Really, go!
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reviewed 2 years ago