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  • Are You Playing Checker or Chess? - YAGNI Revisited

    This past Saturday I had an early morning coffee with a friend. He’s an entrepreneurial type – a big thinker who moves at a fast pace and is always thinking ahead.  One question he asked of me, “Are you playing checkers or chess?”. The question was asked around business and career but I could not...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 03-15-2010
    Filed under: Agile, Musings, Methodology
  • Moving to Kanban : A Mentoring Session

    After my recent post about our software team moving to Kanban I got an email from Derick Bailey asking how he could help with our transition. Derick graciously offered to meet with our team and help with any questions we may have and provide guidance as someone who has traveled this path before. We met...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 08-19-2009
    Filed under: Agile, Kanban, Methodology
  • Moving to Kanban, Did Scrum Fail?

    Several months ago our software team decided to dive into the Scrum process. What we were doing before that simply wasn't working. The project had unstable delivery dates and we knew something needed to change. Fast forward about four months and we're going to take a shot at using Kanban and...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 08-06-2009
    Filed under: Agile, Scrum, Kanban, Methodology
  • Removing words like Convince, Convert and Persuade from our vocabulary

    One of the common themes of this years KaizenConf was how to move a towards being a lean organization. During most of the sessions and conversations that I was part I cannot tell you how often I heard words like Convince, Convert and Persuade said. At first I had nothing against these words, but the...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 11-04-2008
    Filed under: Methodology, Opinion, Featured
  • Unused code is the worst of the 7 Wastes of Software

    Today I was having another round of conversations with a buddy of mine about the concept of waste and unused code. In agile there is a concept called YAGNI (You Ain't Gonna Need It) that basically states that you should not add code that is not immediately needed as it is waste. In Lean software...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 08-06-2008
    Filed under: Development, Methodology, Opinion
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