Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Cool Books
Just updated 12 recently recommended cool books. If you haven't read them yet, they are well worth reading.

XP Cheat Sheet
John Brewer has an excellent one page "Introduction to eXtreme Programming." SCRUM and XP are easily integrated. SCRUM handles the organizational issues. XP focuses on the technical implementation.

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Barry Boehm, software project planning guru, is doing the First eWorkshop on Agile Methods on 8 April 2000. Is there anyone who is not going Agile? Position statement is due to Forrest Shull by 1 April and you need notify the eWorkshop of your interest.

Boehm, B. Get Ready for Agile Methods, with Care. IEEE Computer, Jan 2002, pp. 64-69.
A new generation of developers cites the crushing weight of corporate bureaucracy, the rapid pace of information technology change, and the dehumanizing effects of detailed plan-driven development as cause for revolution. In their rallying cry, the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, these developers call for a revitalized approach to development that dispenses with all but the essentials. Real-world examples argue for and against agile methods. Responding to change has been cited as the critical technical success factor in the Internet browser battle between Microsoft and Netscape. But overresponding to change has been cited as the source of many software disasters, such as the $3 billion overrun of the US Federal Aviation Administration's Advanced Automation System for national air traffic control. The author believes that both agile and plan-driven approaches have a responsible center and overinterpreting radical fringes. Agile and plan-driven methods both form part of the planning spectrum. Thus, while each approach has a home ground within which it performs very well, and much better than the other, a combined approach is feasible and preferable in some circumstances.

Hmmm, Blogger posted to my web site the first try. I like it already.

This is a weblog to post stuff that really should be on my main page when I get around to it. It jogs my memory and may be useful to others. I'm trying Blogger at Previously I have been testing Radio Userland which has commercial software to do what Blogger does for free (or Blogger Pro charges for). Both work in a web page environment. I had trouble getting Radio Userland to post to my web site. This may be my problem but I want it fast, free, and out of control. Let's see if Blogger can do it.