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| | Debunking some myths about Agile
Last week a comment arrived on my Failures in Agile process entry from April 2007. For my full argument: Buy the book, Changing Software Development. • “The main bottleneck I came across is the failure to define good system requirements. But blame is not a very useful concept. • “Downsides of agile:” To the myths. • “agile may only be used on small projects” • “maximum 5 developers on project“ False: this myth started because the early writers on Agile hadn’t applied it to large projects when the wrote the first books. What’s interesting is that this post exists. False. Allan Kelly's Blog - Sunday, September 14, 2008
Spoke at ACCU London last night
And, in case I didn’t mention it, I have a book to plug ! :) The subject of my talk was ‘ Agile development - where to begin ’. ve now uploaded the 2007 version of this presentation (the previous link) but, and this is a big but , the presentation I gave last night was very different. As it happened 7 City were fully booked last night so couldn’t find a room for us. If you want to know what I said you have two options: buy the book , or invite me to give a talk to your organization/company/family I spoke at ACCU London last night. let me explain. Anyway. 90 minutes? Allan Kelly's Blog - Friday, February 22, 2008
New pieces on the website
Session notes from Creating Awareness / Exposing Problems is the result of my ACCU 2007 conference session. My patterns from VikingPLoP 2007 (More) Patterns for Software Companies were uploaded just before Christmas but never announced here. Mentally I’ve accepted that I am going to write a second book. In the meantime, if your missing this blog you can buy the book. I’ve been holding out, waiting until I have the time to write a really great start-the-year blog entry. Well I’ve not had the time and I’m about to go on holiday for a week. And what for this year? Allan Kelly's Blog - Friday, January 4, 2008
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- Book review: The Box
Fortunately its also given me time to finish off another book - The Box by Marc Levinson Yes this book was short-listed for the FT book of the year by that wasn't why I read it. would have read this book anyway because. I'd recommend this book for three reasons: its a good story, its an easy read and third its educational. A couple of days off work with a stinking cold has given me a lot of time lying on the sofa feeling sorry for myself. well, I've got a thing about ships and even containers. The Box is both a story and a business case study.
Allan Kelly's Blog - Wednesday, January 10, 2007
- Bookings open for ACCU Conference in April
m stepping down to make way for new talent and to give myself a little more time to work on my book and other things. If your work means you are involved with software development and you want to advance your knowledge then book yourself a place today A little bit late, you’ve probably heard the news already. Another year and another ACCU conference rolls around. This year’s line up looks like one of the best yet – but then I’m biased! My subject is “Exposing Problems/Creating Awareness.” expect the audience to help expand on the subject with their own ideas and experience.
Allan Kelly's Blog - Friday, January 19, 2007
- Book review: Siemens Best Practises
For once a review of a book I'm not recommending. In fact I found Knowledge Management Case Book: Siemens Best Practises quite disappointing. bought this book for two reasons. So I thought a book of case studies would shed some light on it. Unfortunately I was disappointed on all counts and I'm giving up on the book after only 3 or chapters. However no mention was made of patterns in this chapter or elsewhere in the book. think the book missed something very important. So I'm not recommending this book. Not what I hoped for at all.
Allan Kelly's Blog - Saturday, February 3, 2007
- Book review: Minimalism Beyond the "Nurnberg Funnel" and thoughts on documentation
Still I think I may have read the wrong book, a better starting place for this subject would of been the authors first book on the subject The Nurnberg Funnel. Both books discuss the same concept, namely minimalism in technical documentation. However the newer book (Beyond) is not so much an introduction to the subject but a review of how the ideas had developed in 8 years. So I think the earlier book may have been a better starting position. Now, 9 years after the second book I assume things have moved on again. Anyway, get back to the book.
Allan Kelly's Blog - Thursday, February 22, 2007
- Strategy implications from the Nurnberg funnel
Smart in an essay in the book. I am still thinking through the implication of Minimalism Beyond the Nurnberg Funnel. One of these ideas concerns the benefits to the software producer of supplying minimalist documentation. One of these is the idea of documentation as a product strategy. This is covered by Karl L. Software companies all too often view the production of documentation as a cost, not an opportunity. Documentation is seen as a necessary evil since supplying software without documentation is not acceptable but writing it will push up costs. It means doing things differently.)
Allan Kelly's Blog - Friday, February 23, 2007
- Does (system) documentation work?
Go into your local bookstore, Waterstones , Borders , even Amazon online and look at the books on computing. Specifically look at the technical books that describe things like programming languages, operating systems, APIs and the like. If system documentation does not work how do we explain the existence of all these books? If these books did not work - i.e. did not help learning and transfer knowledge - then presumably nobody would buy them, there would be no profit in publishing them and consequently they wouldn't be taking up real-estate space in the book store.
Allan Kelly's Blog - Tuesday, March 6, 2007
- ACCU London - 22 March
This is being held at Waterstones book store Piccadilly on Thursday 22 March, 6.30pm for 7pm start. I'm the host for the next ACCU London meeting. ACCU London is a small initiative by several members of the ACCU - OK, mainly Paul Grenyer and myself - to establish a London chapter of the ACCU along the lines of the regular ACCU Silicon Valley meetings. So far we have been pretty successful. We have two formal meetings and several pub meetings behind us. Next weeks meeting is something of an experiment because a) we are in a bookshop, b) we are tackling a non-technical subject.
Allan Kelly's Blog - Tuesday, March 13, 2007