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September 2010


Agile Flash Cards

by Jeff Langr, Tim Ottinger

For the past year and a half, Jeff and Tim have been capturing the wisdom of the Agile community and their own combined 20+ years of Agile and XP experience on index cards. In anticipation of the release of these cards in decks, they share a few Agile in a Flash cards with you here.

The Key to Better Software

by Brian Tarbox

I’ve become convinced that the approach to quality taken by most companies is misguided and based on a flawed model. This is the reason why so many companies are having such trouble increasing the quality of the software they deliver.

Building Trust

by Rachel Davies

When you’re coaching Agile teams, it’s essential to work on building trust from the get-go. Without trust, Agile simply doesn’t work. So how can we build trust on our teams so that Agile practices can take root?

The First Robot

by Dan Wohlbruck

On September 20, 1928, Eric, the first human-looking robot, opened the Exhibition of the Society of Model Engineers in London. The inventors were inspired to build Eric when the Duke of York was unable to attend the ceremony opening the Exhibition. Eric proved to be a simple, successful replacement for the Duke of York.


Up Front

by Michael Swaine

This month we introduce a new column by Pragmatic Programmer Andy Hunt, titled “Guru Meditations.”

Choice Bits

In Philadelphia, you must buy a $300 license to blog. Meanwhile, Java is a restricted platform, Google is evil, Apple is a monopoly, Microsoft is the underdog, and jobs outsourced to India are being re-outsourced to unskilled Americans. We netted these and other amazing facts as we trolled the Twitterstream this month.

Guru Meditation

by Andy Hunt

Context is everything, especially with agile methods.

The Quiz

by Michael Swaine

I was inspired by Jeff Langr and Tim Ottinger’s article on Agile in a Flash to come up with a card-based quiz.


Brendan McAdams, author of the forthcoming MongoDB: A Quick Start Guide, will talk about “From MySQL to MongoDB,” “Scala + Mongo for Java Developers who don’t know Scala,” and “Python Development with MongoDB” at the MongoDB Conference in Boston this month. Also, the GNU Project turns 27. And other items for your calendar.

Shady Illuminations

by John Shade

When I’m feeling more than usually insignificant, I remind myself of two things that give meaning to all our lives. I think of Schrödinger’s cat and anthropogenic global warming. But lately I’ve been finding both less comforting than I used to.

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