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March 23, 2018

Overcoming the Legacy Gravitational Pull

Contrary to popular belief, at the beginning of the second industrial revolution, electricity was largely seen as a dud. Though Thomas Edison first patented his famed light bulb in 1879, two decades later, the invention…

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March 20, 2018

Who Should Pay for Bug Fixes?

In a perfect world, every application would sit comfortably atop wholly stable, never-changing systems.Unfortunately for utopians everywhere, however, the foundation upon which modern software is built is much more akin to a ticking time bomb.While…

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February 12, 2018

How to Get Agile Teams to Plan for Themselves

As many parents will undoubtedly know, one of the hardest things to achieve for our kids is that elusive balance between freedom and boundaries. We do not tell our children that they mustn't play at…

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January 19, 2018

Running a Great Retrospective

All too often in life, one simple mistake can lead to a stream of errors that if not stifled early enough, is bound to result in a flood of frustration. Unfortunately, the same is true…

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December 15, 2017

On Building Successful Agile Teams

Although it may be common knowledge that behind every great product is a well-oiled machine of talented people, what is not immediately understood is how to successfully put together a winning team. Of course, anyone…

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December 11, 2017

Learn from the Experts

Sometimes, the greatest lessons we can learn come not from our own experience, but from the wisdom of others. This article presents some of the aptest quotes we have found to eloquently capture the spirit…

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October 13, 2017

Avoiding Sticking-Plaster Solutions

An unnamed engineering professor at Yale once stated that if he had just one hour to solve a problem, he would first spend up to forty minutes trying to define what the actual problem is.…

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August 31, 2017

Why a Product-Based Mindset Works Best

Imagine that you are in South America celebrating your wedding anniversary. Because pottery is a great local tradition and you want your spouse to receive the best possible gift, you have asked two of the…

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August 22, 2017

The Power of the System Metaphor

"Life is like a box of chocolates," Forrest Gump once famously said. "You never know what you're going to get." In one short and sweet statement, the character played by Tom Hanks was able to…

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August 3, 2017

Why We Advocate Test-Driven Development

Gerald Weinberg, an American computer scientist, once famously stated that "If builders built houses the way programmers built programs, [then] the first woodpecker to come along would destroy civilisation." While this was far from a…

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