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When does design happen in agile? – Ian Cooper

"…Most agile teams recognize that there is a nebulous conception or inception phase when you gather user stories, organize and understand them, do just-enough modelling,  set up build servers etc. It is the great unspoken step of many agile methodologies…"

"…Any ‘up-front’ modeling, before coding, is high-level, not low i.e. we care about classes, roles, responsibilities, and collaborators, but not attributes, methods etc…"

"…The conversation is more important than the artifacts the conversation produces…"

Read on… via Arjan’s World

How to Take Notes Like an Alpha-Geek

"…I trust the weakest pen more than the strongest memory, and note taking is—in my experience—one of the most important skills for converting excessive information into precise action and follow-up…"

How it helps?

  • Review book highlights in less than 10 minutes
  • Connect scattered notes on a single theme in 10 minutes that would otherwise require dozens of hours
  • Contact and connect mentors with relevant questions and help I can offer
  • Impose structure on information for increased retention and recall

What to do?

  • Create an indexing system
  • Choose the Proper Pad for the Job:

Read on…

Krypton Toolkit – Free Windows Forms Controls

       

Krypton Ribbon

     

Krypton Navigation Controls

       

Read on… via Casey Charlton via A Continuous Learner’s Weblog

SysInternals Live

"…This will allow you to run these tools from any computer connected to the Internet without having to navigate to a webpage, download and extract the zip file…"

Read on… via Jigar Mehta via A Continuous Learner’s Weblog

IE Tester

"…IETester is a free WebBrowser that allows you to have the rendering and javascript engines of IE8 beta 1, IE7 IE 6 and IE5.5 on Vista and XP, as well as the installed IE in the same process…"

Read on… via Ajaxian via Jason Haley

Pex – Automated Exploratory Testing for .NET

 

Read on… via Brent Strange

Why Agile Doesn’t Really Work?

"…a couple of things need to be true beyond showing software at the Sprint review.

  1. If an organization has a product it can ship, it must actually ship it (gasp).
  2. If a vendor has made a product available to you, your organization must actually be able to receive the update without tipping over…"

"…Sure, Google can roll out a new version of GMail in 24 hours, but just ask SalesForce.com how any many past versions of their product APIs they are standing up because customers have deeply embedded into their system in non-portable ways.

The key here is that Google actually releases small increments of functionality that don’t freak users out. Small, incremental changes in a SaaS model can work. I still believe it…"

"…Build your business practices to embrace change just like your Agile development practices do. Embrace continuous integration of the enterprise, not just your source code…"

Read on… via Arjan’s World

Patterns in Practice: Open Closed Principle

Jeremy Miller starts of new series in MSDN Magazine.

Read on… via Matt Hinze

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