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  • Tests are not ‘Tasks’ you put on a backlog…

    Today I had a conversation with our ‘scrum of scrum’ masters (we have 7 different scrum teams on our product team of 60+) and he asked me why someone would provide ‘developer tests’ as a task for the backlog? Before I go any further, this is NOT a bait type of email, simply my opinion.  If you do...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 07-27-2009
    Filed under: Agile, Opinion, Craftsmanship
  • Throw away and rebuild or refactor from within

    The other day on Twitter there was a stream whether it is better to completely scrap an applications code base and start over, or refactor from within.  Now I do want to state right now: The information here is based on my experiences and is simply my opinion.  I know this is almost on par...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 07-13-2009
    Filed under: Agile, Opinion
  • The Holy Grail is NOT Automation

    Often times as developers who understand what computers can do is really limitless, we seek to automate everything. The holy grail is being able to sit at where everything is accomplishable with a simple double-click. Often times automation, however wonderful or geek drool inspiring, is not cost effective...
    Posted to Tim Barcz by Tim Barcz on 05-28-2009
    Filed under: Rant, Opinion
  • You know you buy into Testing and Testabilty when you wrap a singleton simply to create an abstraction…

    I am a little bored so I thought I would write a nice fluent interface around the Performance Counter crap that is part of .net.  I know, I know the world does not really need another Fluent Interface around something, but I am bored and this is keeping be busy while waiting for my flight. Anyway...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 05-15-2009
    Filed under: TDD, Opinion
  • Refactoring Project Structure is just as important as Refactoring Code

    We talk about how important it is to keep your code in working order, but no one ever really talks about keeping the container for your code in working order --- Your Project Solutions. Per Wikipedia Refactoring code can be defined as: Means improving it without changing its overall results, and is sometimes...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 04-15-2009
    Filed under: Development, Opinion
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