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Story points or ideal days?

By | October 24, 2013 | No Comments »

Michael Ganchikov There is a long running debate regarding the use of story points vs. ideal days for estimating backlog items. In my practice, I actually use both. Read more

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Sumo, Architecture, and Enterprise Agile

By | January 29, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Michael Ganchikov Here is a riddle for you: who (or what) is both so strong and solid that it is very hard to move, and yet can move easily at the same time?

The answer: champion sumo wrestler. The other answer: well thought out application architecture.

Why are we talking about 400+ lb Japanese athletes in the context of Agile software development? Let me explain. Read more

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Pair programming misused

By | August 16, 2011 | No Comments »

Michael GanchikovMany fans of Agile love pair programming. Tons of articles have been written on all the good things it can bring to a development team. However, if misused or allowed to get out of control, pair programming can do serious harm.

Pair programming involves two programmers working as a pair at the same keyboard, one “driving”, i.s. writing code and explaining why certain statements were used, etc., and the other “observing” –paying close attention to what is happening on the screen and providing early feedback. This approach enables early discovery of obvious design issues, before the code is even first compiled. Read more

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Using different units of estimation

By | July 1, 2011 | No Comments »

Michail GanchikovA while ago the structure of our project team changed, making it distributed: several very senior developers in another country joined us in order to assist in the implementation of certain features crucial to the project.

This was a reasonable decision because the new developers had deep knowledge of the underlying technology, and that knowledge could now be spread across all team members. Read more

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