An anatomy of a successful retrospective

It had been a while since I last facilitated a retrospective. So, I wanted to make sure that I can deliver and prepared properly. I had a few ideas of my own and few based on short discussions I had had what the retrospective should address. The scope was quite large so I couldn’t use

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The Zone Considered Dangerous

Most programmers know what is “The Zone”. It is a very focused state of mind where you feel that there are no problems that you cannot solve. You know, the state where your surroundings disappear and you feel almost omnipotent. You are very productive, take great leaps and progress fast. I posit that this is

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Demanding transparency?

What if someone demands transparency from you? What do you do? What does transparency mean? It can mean that we should keep things in the open, no secrets or that our doings are audited and we can back-trace them every time we need or want to. In other words, saying that there is not enough

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I will be speaking at Tampere Goes Agile 2011!

Wow! :) I’d like give huge thanks to the organising posse for trusting me with a slot! This will be the first time for me to speak in a conference. It’s quite funny since I have participated in exactly one conference, the one that I was organizing. My presentation is still very much in its

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Trying to see the big picture with Kanban

Awesome start at work! I’m in a team of four very experienced and smart people, we have a product owner who is tech-savvy, knows what he wants and sits in our team room! On top of that we have an excellent room where single every wall is covered with material that you can pin stuff

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My new job – first two days

Lovin’ it already. And today was my second day at Nitor Creations. I got a new laptop (Lenovo W510/12GB mem, i7 quad-core!) with win7. Well, I have very little knowledge  how to work effectively with windows so the inevitable happened and Kubuntu 11.04       stole the boot sector. Some issues with stability though,

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A New Job

Spring (duh! the season, not that friggin’ ugly framework) has brought change. I got an irresistible offer, resigned and will be joining the ranks of Nitor Creations starting on the 2nd of May! Oh the joy! I will continue my language journey as soon as possible, but there are some administrative things to be taken

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7 languages – is now 7 languaes and one framework

Ok, I’m done with Ruby for a while. That little webapp I had in mind turned into an app that would require quite much javascript (jQuery, jQueryUI) with very small amount of Ruby code. I may have to come up with an idea for a command line tool written in Ruby to explore Ruby and

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7 languages – Derailing with Ruby on Rails 3

I was supposed to continue my 7 languages journey, but I didn’t get Io installed as fast as I had been hoping for. I’ve seen too many C compiler errors in my life that I felt slightly annoyed that the tool chain for Io compilation requires some effort and new tools have to be installed

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7 Languages – Ruby pt.3

I have now waded through the Ruby chapters and exercises of the 7lang7weeks -book. A sparkle has been lit I must say. Ruby does seem to be a very productive programming language, ideal for quick development, prototypes and for situations where time-to-market is essential. Just like Perl. Although I would not compare these two languages

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