Shooting Yourself in the Foot With Agility

Recently I’ve started tidying up my folders and websites and I’ve found and read again an article I wrote almost seven years ago:“How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot. In an Agile Way”. Unfortunately, I think it is still actual and relevant–I keep coming across teams that make the same mistakes described in the article, then fail in their effort, blame the methodology and then try a different one hoping for different results (there is a very good blog post from Allan Kelly “Scrum doesn’t work for us; should we try Kanban?” describing one instance of this approach).

If you find yourself in a situation in which Agile is not working for you, I suggest to stop and analyse carefully what is going on, then try to address the underlying issues, before deciding to give up or to try a methodology different from the one you are using. You might be much better off.

ACCU 2010 conference keynotes announced

The names of the ACCU 2010 conference (14-17 April 2010, Oxford, UK) keynote speakers are now public

  • Jeff Sutherland, co-creator of Scrum
  • James Bach, well-known software tester
  • Dan North, Agile coach, programmer, and inventor of Behaviour Driven Development
  • Russel Winder, author, trainer, and expert in parallel and distributed programming

As usual, the conference will feature some pre-conference tutorials:

  • A Certified Scrum Master course by Jeff Sutherland and Gabrielle Benefield (the Monday and Tuesday before the conference)
  • An introduction to the D programming language by Walter Bright and Andrei Alexandrescu
  • A course on software testing by James Bach

There is also a twitter account you can follow for updates: @accu2010.

The full programme will be announced shortly. It promises to be as exciting as ever–being the conference chair I know that for sure 😉

London XPDay 2009

The London XPDay is one of the oldest, and, in my very biased opinion, one of the very best international conferences on agile software development.

This year’s programme includes some great sessions. However, I think some very interesting ones will materialise in the open-space sessions (which make bulk of the programme) for which all the delegates will be able to propose the topics that interest them most and, if there is enough interest from other attendees, lead a session.

All the previous editions have been very successful, and most people always left with some new insights.

There are still some places available. Hurry up and book yours here—it is exceptionally good value for money.