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  • Trust, Honesty, Openness, Cooperation and Friction-free Tooling

    There is an inherent danger in using electronic tools to manage a process like software development, and one that almost always comes true - the tool defines your process, it doesn't enable it. When people encounter limitations in the software tool, they begin to accept that these are limitations...
    Posted to Jak Charlton - Insane World by Jak Charlton on 05-03-2011
    Filed under: Practices and Principles, Agile, Rants
  • Agile is Performance, Feedback, Revision

    I came across a great video link yesterday, entitled “ Performance, Feedback, Revision ”. It’s a Canadian rapper named Baba Brinkman covering the theory of evolution and the work of Charles Darwin, and he equates evolution with how he writes his lyrics, Performance, Feedback, Revision. As I listened...
    Posted to Jak Charlton - Insane World by Jak Charlton on 04-14-2010
    Filed under: Agile, Rants, Architecture
  • Ship it, or Ship Out

    Joel , in his inimitable way, posted the flame bait of all flame bait posts yesterday , explaining the role of the Duct Tape Programmer. To my surprise, the Twitterverse started to reverberate with commentary, but weirdly, almost all of it was very negative about the post, many claiming that Joel was...
    Posted to Jak Charlton - Insane World by Jak Charlton on 09-25-2009
    Filed under: TDD, Agile, Rants, Twitter, Testing
  • Software Development is a Creative Skill, Building Houses is a Technical One

    Brad Wilson mentioned on the TDD mailing list that the waste and inefficiency within the software industry was akin to the house building industry. I'm sure in some respects he is right, but in a more fundamental way I disagree. An average layman off the street hiring a builder can ask them to build...
    Posted to Jak Charlton - Insane World by Jak Charlton on 08-18-2008
    Filed under: Practices and Principles, Agile, Rants
  • Recovering a Project with ASP.NET MVC and Agile

    I recently got brought on board to a new client where, true to form, a project was in a state of failure - everybody sort of knew it, but nobody would say it out loud. What Was Going Wrong? After my initial assessment, I made a quick decision that the major thing holding everyone back was an early decision...
    Posted to Jak Charlton - Insane World by Jak Charlton on 08-13-2008
    Filed under: Practices and Principles, Agile, Rants, .NET, Featured
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