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Sep 13, 2018

Clean Code Development Part 1: A Question of Personality and Teamwork

What rules should a "good programmer" actually follow in order to build high-quality software? I used interviews with our developers to evaluate what clean code development (CCD) can do and what hurdles are encountered when integrating this approach into the everyday life in software development.

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Jun 8, 2017

What does a Scrum Master do all day?

Scrum Masters… What do you need them for? Those guys don’t help to develop the product, they are redundant! Worst case, the Product Owner can do his job! That is what many people think when they learn about the Scrum Master role. The quick answer to that question is simple: The Scrum Master is the guardian of the Scrum process, he keeps everything together. But what does that really mean? That’s what we will find out in this post.

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Mar 30, 2017

#NoEstimates Part3 - in Reality

Some time ago we introduced the lean methodology #NoEstimates. We showed the basic principles and how to get started with it. Now, after some time, we want to comment on how to use this approach in reality. The time has come to figure out whether #NoEstimates is applicable in the real world and with real projects and we want to share some tips what you should focus on.

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Nov 4, 2016

Noestimates Part2 Get Started

NoEstimates is a lean and agile methodology that focuses on the delivery of customer value. To reach this goal it tries to minimize non-value-creating actions like the estimation of implementation effort for User Stories. In the first part we introduced the basic ideas of the methodology. In this part we want to provide some tips on how you can get started with NoEstimates.

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Nov 4, 2016

No Estimates Part 1 - Just Another Agile Methodology

In the "Lean way of thinking" effort to estimate the implementation time for tasks, user stories or features, is waste, because it doesn´t produce value to the customer, it just makes people feel better. Therefore time spent on such activities should be reduced as much as possible. NoEstimates is an agile methodology that helps you to focus on creating customer value instead of spending time on things that don´t create value.

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Aug 31, 2015

Agile Contracts

Agile approaches and methodologies are being used more and more, because the benefits of using them can be huge, e.g. improved quality of products. But often an issue arises that makes adopting agile in companies difficult: the contract with the customer. Clients often prefer fixed prices and demand a fixed set of requirements which is totally in contrast with the principles of agile approaches. This prevents that the development team can take advantage of the full potential. Lately, the awareness for this issue rose and efforts for creating contracts that support agile working are undertaken.

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Oct 28, 2014

Scrum vs. Kanban Part 3/3 - Example

This last part of our series about Scrum and Kanban will show an example of how projects proceed on the different boards. This again shows some advantages and disadvantages of the two methodologies and can help you to find the solution for your own project.

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Oct 15, 2014

Scrum vs. Kanban Part 2/3 - Comparison

After showing the most common reasons for using agile approaches and their basic principles in the first part of this series, the second part will compare the two methodologies that are being used the most: Scrum and Kanban. This post will provide a first insight to the mindset of Scrum and Kanban teams and it will show similarities and differences of the two tools.

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Oct 13, 2014

Scrum vs. Kanban Part 1/3 - Intro

During the last years it became common to use agile methods in software development. The most widespread ones are Scrum and Kanban. The 2013 "State of Agile" survey found that a vast majority of companies (~60%) uses Scrum or Scrum hybrids. The second place is held by Kanban and "Scrumban" with more than 10%. Compared to the survey from 2012, Kanban experienced the highest increase in usage. That is why we want to compare those two methodologies. 

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