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Programmer's Nightmare..!

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I've been neglecting Google+ when putting up new blog posts!  Here are two from this week:

"Solve the Right Problem, Solve the Problem Right" goo.gl/fb/qbQPC "Mandated Agile - A Contrarian View" goo.gl/fb/eta0g
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I did also, but I'm using BufferApp now so I update all the outlets I mean to.
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Need some help moving to Agile? Already there but want to find some more improvements? Want to learn some specific skills like Test-Driven Development, Refactoring and how to run effective Retrospectives? I'm available right now to help! Let's start with a chat. Contact me@DaveRooney.ca or through my web site at http://www.DaveRooney.ca .
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Well, world, here's my new web site! Please share if you like it.
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New on Practical Agility - Technical Competence
I recently read an excellent book by David Marquet entitled Turn The Ship Around. David is a former U.S. Navy nuclear submarine captain who was given command of a ship that was the worst-performing in the submarine fleet. He ...
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New on Practical Agility -  "Forgiveness vs. Permission"  #agile #fear #responsibility #safety #values
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New video describing my upcoming book, Effective Software Delivery - Agility Without the Dogma http://youtu.be/Tx5u0DHPlI0 #agile #software
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Are you an Agile Coach and want something different to show off your trade?  Do you want some Agile swag for the teams you work with? C'mon over to The Agile Store to see what we have for you!
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Are you an #Agile or #Scrum coach and Want some goodies for your teams? Have a look at http://daverooney.ca/collections/agile-store
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I love this initiative and I'm fully behind it. However, I do feel the need to say that one of the reasons we've seen Scrum become synonymous with Agile is the resistance to changing the way developers work. In my experience, that resistance has primarily come from the developers themselves.

Pairing? Uh yeah, we'll get right on that after I finish this feature in a week or so. Hey, we have tons of tests! But we still have defects in the 100's. TDD? Sure, we use our CI tool to run all the tests when we commit to our feature branch! Simple design? But know we're gonna need this doohickey next week... Cross-functional teams? We already have that... we have some devs using vim and others using emacs. Daily stand-up meetings? Ugh. How about I just stick pins in my eyes! Sit together in an open workspace? Can I expense my headphones so that I can get into "the zone" without interruption? Wait, what do you mean I can't use headphones while pairing? 

You get the picture.

Each of those issues above are ones I recently experienced with developers who were ALL 30 years old and younger. The issues aren't isolated to old devs who are "set in their ways".

There are studies on the efficacy of pairing going back to 1975. Co-location studies by sociologists go back at least as far. I don't think I have to explain the benefits of fast tests to this group for enabling real TDD. And yet these things aren't done. I've been called "preachy" when I pointed it out. Well, that's 'cus I learned this shit from the people who invented it, FFS!!! :)

Anyway, the 13-ish years of dealing with developers who can't see beyond the ends of their collective noses has jaded me. While I know that there is huge value in all this, and again I'm fully behind it, I just want to caution everyone that this will be a more difficult effort than simply introducing Scrum.
We recently started talking about Taking Agile Back. I was surprised to hear how much response came from this. Now we have a community on google and presence on linked in and yahoo groups and twitter. People are coming from t...
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Introducing an e-book I dusted off from a couple of years ago: The Survival Guide for Brand New ScrumMasters. This is based on the sessions I gave at SFAgile 2011, AgileDC 2011 and Agile India 2012 as well as including some new material.  https://leanpub.com/scrummastersurvivalguide
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I'm a veteran software developer and Agile Coach in Ottawa, ON, Canada with over 25 years industry experience, and a Co-founder/Consultant with The Agile Consortium. I've been involved with Agile Software Development since 2000, helping private and public sector organizations from pre-funding startups to the Fortune 15 improve their software delivery process. I'm a co-founder of the Agile Ottawa Group, and an active writer, speaker and advocate of agile methods in Canada.

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