Link dump! Agile is the new waterfall, from chaos to managed chaos, best practice and more!

Link dump! Agile is the new waterfall, from chaos to managed chaos, best practice and more!

Agile Is The New Waterfall
“Agile promised us engineer driven development.” is the first of many fallacious claims that the CTO of makes in this rant that woefully misunderstands what agile is. He makes the odd good point, but then messes up the punch line (I especially like the bit about estimating). I suggest you read it with an open mind, otherwise you risk a hernia.

From chaos to managed chaos
Vasco Duarte tweeted this during the Coding Serbia conference. It’s one teams journey from estimates to #noEstimates. An interesting read.

Four Ways to Kill Best Practice
I’ve blogged about best practice before, but Megan Louw from ThoughtWorks offers some practical advice on getting rid of the idea from your business entirely.

Some cheeky self-promotion on the new agile slack channel I recently created. We’ve got a massive 23 people online now – come and join the conversation

How Google Thinks About Hiring, Management And Culture
I really enjoyed Work Rules! By Laslo Bock, who used to be Googles SVP of operations – there are some excellent ideas and stories in there and plenty of SCIENCE! This has an interview with the man and some key points from what he was saying – worth a listen.


Friday Link Dump

Fridays, so close to the weekend you can almost taste the lay-in and the breakfast burrito. So, to hurry it along, here are some of my favourite links this week:


The Unmyths of Estimating

The war between estimates vs #noEstimates still rages on and this is an interesting piece that evokes the dark, magelike forces of statistics and probability.

The Science Of When You Need In-Person Communication

It’s a little bit one-sided in it’s presentation, but this article does bring together some good evidence on in-person meetings. In a world where remote workers, Google Hangouts and Skyping are more and more frequent, we shouldn’t underestimate the power of touching someone (not like that, weirdo). Still, it does raise the question whether the details (like touch) of in-person meetings have an opposite or equal behaviour in remote meetings?

Going To A Conference? Don’t Waste Your Time

Careful with this title, it’s not “Don’t waste time by going to conferences” (which I thought it was – damn linkbait) instead, it’s “Going to a conference? Use your time wisely there.”. Interesting take on how to view conferences as a source for asking more questions.

Doctor Who Spin Off: Class

Doctor Who (and its spinoffs) are one of my favourite ways to pass the time, so, news of a new spin off, called “Class” by young adult author Patrick Ness is pretty exciting. No news on what it’s about yet, other than the school, but I’m looking forward to it anyway.