The Agile Architect


Agile Orthodontics and the Art of Brainstorming

We know software can be agile. Can teeth be agile too? Our Agile Architect shows how practicing brainstorming can be an important way to find novel solutions to tough problems.

Conflict and Resolution in the Agile World

As much as we'd like to believe that our agile teams work in an idyllic world, there can still be divisive disagreements. How does an agile team resolve these conflicts? As usual, our Agile Architect has his own ideas.

Agility and the Annual Review

Of course you're great. Why do you need to have an annual review to tell your boss? Our Agile Architect talks about an agile approach to the employee review process.

The Agile Act of Continuous Delivery

Agile teams deliver software often. Really agile teams deliver software on a continuous basis. Our Agile Architect explores the concepts and techniques behind continuous delivery.

Motivating Your Agile Team

Agile can't work without agile teams, and agile teams are made up of people. People can't work effectively without motivation. Our Agile Architect discusses different ways to motivate agile teams.

Making Agile Compromises

The Agile Manifesto describes the values of agile. Agile methodologies tell you how to achieve those values. But what happens when that isn't enough? Is Agile open to compromise?

Agile TBD

What is our Agile Architect writing about today? We're not quite sure but it may have something to do with responsibility and his own lack-there-of.

Agile Testing Heresy: Are You Testing Too Much?

Our Agile Architect commits heresy by suggesting that developers are writing too many tests. Perhaps the question should not be, "Do I have a test?" It should be, "Do I have the right test?"

How I Won the Battle but Lost the War: An Agile Saga (Part 2)

How does a project get late? One day at a time. Our Agile Architect shares some common pitfalls plus 15 sometimes seemingly contradictory tips that will help you win the war.

How I Won the Battle but Lost the War: An Agile Saga (Part 1)

There is a common expression that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Our Agile Architect shares such a tale.

Delegated Authority: An Agile Trust Experiment

Our Agile Architect experiments with Delegated Authority. How far do you trust your team to make decisions?

Agile Coaching the Wrong Way!

Our Agile Architect shares his blinders and blunders as an agile coach.

Agile Advice: Don't Be Elite, Be Obsolete!

Our Agile Architect explains why you should work hard to make yourself obsolete in your job.

The Agile Tailor and Other Stories

There's nothing like a humorous column. And trust me, this is nothing like a humorous column. Our Agile Architect pokes fun at all things agile.

Finding the 'Simple' in Agile

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but simplicity takes hard work to create. Our Agile Architect gives his take on "simple."

In Agile, Simple Is Not...

In agile, we have the saying "Do the simplest thing possible." Our Agile Architect explains why simple is not so easy.

Yes, with Agile There Is Time To Think!

There is a misconception about Agile that the team is so focused on development that there is no time to think about how to solve complex problems. The reality couldn't be more different.

Conducting the Agile Interview

Finding the right people to work in an agile shop takes just as much energy and enthusiasm as it does to actually work there. Our Agile Architect shares some of his thoughts and techniques for a more-than-the-normal interview.

Want To Really Be Agile? Swarm!

The Agile Architect explains how to increase productivity significantly while also increasing code quality with a simple process change.

To Be Agile, Beware the Comforts of Ritual

Ritual is a comforting and seductive mistress. But how do you prevent it from holding you back? Our Agile Architect shares his thoughts.

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