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Richard Dammkoehler
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I solve problems with software
I solve problems with software

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Architects in an Agile/Lean World
I just read this very nice post from Martin Fowler on The Role of an Enterprise Architect in a Lean Enterprise . He has a lot of good thoughts in there.  I submit that there is one aspect lacking emphasis in this post however, the responsibility of the agil...
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Vague
I spent most of my weekend working on my NaNoWriMo book. If you aren't familiar with NaNoWriMo, the idea is to write 50,000+ words in a month, basically a novel. The degree to which you prepare for this event is entirely up to you. I've been talking about w...
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Microcosm
I live in a microcosm.  So last week I went to SCNA and talked to a bunch of people there that I don't talk to enough. I've also been having lots of conversations about How it Should Be Done™ So many of the people I've been working with over the past 10 yea...
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NaNoWriMo
Today is the first day of National Novel Writing Month. I'm going to be one very busy camper. I hope to be able to get a few posts out each week, but coverage may be spotty. Stick with me though. Thanks, .rich
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Functions as First Class Citizens
So I've been doing a lot of thinking and reading on the notion of functions as a first class citizens. In Python, functions are objects, just like instances of classes are objects. So when do you create a class and when do you create a function?  In my mind...
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Card Numbers
Ever notice that teams who number cards stop talking about cards and start talking about numbers? Repeatedly I see this happen. A card is placed in a system like JIRA where it is assigned a number. Lets say AB-123. The card has a concise and meaningful titl...
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Preparation
You've probably heard of the 7Ps, Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance . What does that mean in the context of an agile team? I often use the imperfect analogy of an automobile to describe an agile development team. Simply, the tires are ...
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Delays
Hello again. I was sick over the weekend and failed to get a post out on Monday. That has taken me on a tangent to thinking about delays. So one of my projects is now effectively delayed because I was unavailable. I'm sure we will recover, I just need to ma...
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Criticism -- You're language is no good
So I was reading an article the other day, suggested by someone I work with, and it had some very disparaging things to say about Java.  It got me thinking, why does Java have a reputation for being overly verbose and full of interfaces and such. C# seems t...
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Dogma
So getting back into the blogging rhythm is proving challenge. I'm going to try to do the 3x a week thing again, but I might be a bit uneven on the delivery while I get back into it. Please be patient, I'm just rearranging my self a bit too much right now, ...
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