100 Top Agile Blogs

Luis Gonçalves has posted a list of 100 Top Agile Blogs, ranked by Alexa ranking. I’m gratified to make the list, where I’m in some pretty good company.

TDD Hat

Red-Green-Refactor Test Driven Development hatI’ve achieved some notoriety with my Test Driven Development hat. Not so much when I wear itat AgileTechDC2011, but certainly when Uncle Bob does. So much so that he has received queries about acquiring or making them. (Continued)

Time to Shut AOL Down

This is an unusual topic for this blog. And a bold statement: It’s time for AOL to go out of business.

Why? Because they are an irresponsible participant in the internet community. They are damaging the internet. (Continued)

5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success

Most of my recent writing has not yet been published. That, and work on the upcoming AgileDC Conference and Agile India beyond that, have meant relatively little output on my blog. I apologize for that.

I’d like to share with you an interview conducted by Bill Fox for his 5 Minutes to Process Improvement Success project. My interview, “Measure Progress in a Way that’s Visible and Reliable,” is found on page 69 of the PDF.  You’ll also find interesting interviews with Karen Base, Kevin Schaaff, Hillel Glazer, Scott Ambler, Neil Potter, Bob Payne, Mike Bonamassa, Mario Hyland, Jeff Dalton, Paul E. McMahon, Karl Wiegers, Mary Lynn Penn, Ally Gill, Alan Shalloway, and Tom Cagley. And there are more to come in the future.

All About Agile

Kelly Waters has just informed me that All About Agile will be aggregating from a number of blogs, thereby better living up to its title.  It’s one more way we can share ideas and help each other.

Proficiency and Fluency in Self-Organization

Ever since I experienced the “Where Are Your Keys” language fluency game with Willem Larsen, I’ve been thinking about how to apply the concepts to learning other than languages.  One of the fascinating concepts I gleaned from this game is the separate dimensions of proficiency and fluency.  The proficiency scale that Willem uses is based on the ACTFL guidelines of Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, & Superior.  Willem gave a memorable colloquial description of these guidelines in relation to a party: (Continued)

Looking back at Agile 2009

Another conference has come and gone.  I’m home.  I’m exhausted.  I’m glad to have good internet connectivity again, and time to sit alone with my thoughts.

I had a fabulous time.  Through conferences such as this one, I now have dozens of friends from around the world that I rarely get to see.  I really enjoy getting together face to face.  Missa vitussa se poro on. (I hope I’ve spelled that correctly.)  And I spent time with friends that I previously only knew from Twitter and email.  And I met new friends that I’d not known before.  All of that was thrilling.  (I also didn’t get a chance to talk with some friends whom I know attended. Life is like that.)

I attended some great sessions.  (Continued)

Bringing the Agile Manifesto to Life

Bob Payne has posted a new podcast, Tips and Advice – Manifesto for Agile Software Development, where we talk about the principles and values of the Agile Manifesto.  I’m still a bit unused to hearing myself talk, and I’ve got a ways to go at getting the “um” monster under control.

If you’ve got the time, give it a listen and give us some comments.

Simple Design and Testing Conference

It’s only a week away from the Simple Design and Testing Conference. This will be the third such conference organized by Naresh Jain, and the first that I’ve missed. I’m disappointed that I won’t be there, but I’ve been on the road almost continuously for almost five months….

Frankly, it puzzles me that these conferences aren’t more highly attended. Despite my suggestions to Naresh, he insists that there be no admission charge. The only cost is a weekend of your time and your travel expenses. Oh… and a desire to learn and share.

Agile Coach Conference 2008

As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted for awhile.  I’ve been on the go too much.

Right now I’m at the Agile Coach Conference in Ann Arbor, MI.  The regular sessions will start tomorrow.  For Friday evening, we had some delightful lightning talks.