In agile, we have the saying "Do the simplest thing possible." Our Agile Architect explains why simple is not so easy.
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.
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.
The Agile Architect explains how to increase productivity significantly while also increasing code quality with a simple process change.
Ritual is a comforting and seductive mistress. But how do you prevent it from holding you back? Our Agile Architect shares his thoughts.
An agile development culture is both precious and fragile. Our Agile Architect points out some warning signs that yours may be breaking down.
In the spirit of the holiday season, our Agile Architect welcomes you into his workspace and shares the ambiance of the agile experience.
Our Agile Architect explains some of the expressions you'll hear in an agile environment.
Quality Assurance is not just about testing a system. The role of QA on an agile team is much greater than that, elevating the QA engineer to a god among men.
We often find ourselves surrounded by barriers, both real and imagined, that prevent us from doing our job. Our Agile Architect explains why it's important to break down these barriers and how agile practices can help.
Measuring business value is a challenge regardless of the methodology you use. Our Agile Architect explains how agile principles and practices can be used to ask the right questions.
Our Agile Architect provides absolutely nothing of value in this column. But you might enjoy reading it anyway.
Our Agile Architect delves deeper into agile story writing by illustrating his own thought processes when evolving stories from concept to final form.
Building the right product is critical for success. Our Agile Architect shows you how to write carefully crafted stories to define your product and drive agile development.
The Agile Architect explains how to reduce the cost of large efforts while immediately realizing the benefits. His secret: amortize!
Our Agile Architect explains why a clean, well-organized environment is bad for your Agile project.
This month our Agile Architect tackles how you can answer perhaps the most important question of any development project: Are we going to make our deadline?
This may be the most important decision in getting agile implemented in your shop long-term. Mark J. Balbes breaks down all the criteria to help you make the right choice.
Even good agile teams can get better. Mark J. Balbes walks you through how retrospectives have impacted his team and shows you options for yours.
Our agile architect offers a programming twist on a classic holiday tale.