January 03, 2018
Happy New Year!
[Editor's note: Hey Andy… you have to write more than just "Happy New Year."]
Also, since it's a new month, don't forget to pick up the latest issue of PragPub magazine. Details below. Read on!
And seriously, happy new year. Let's do this.
Now in print and shipping from pragprog.com/book/jwnode2.
January PragPub Magazine
A co-author of the Agile Manifesto challenges the movement he helped start. A young developer embraces an old technique that is newly relevant. A manager detects a leadership smell. It's the January, 2018 PragPub.
Mike Beedle helped start the agile software development movement. In the kickoff essay in our new Soapbox series, he sounds off on something that's been bothering him. The Agile movement isn't agile. Shouldn't we be eating our own dog food? Shouldn't we iterate and improve agile itself? Mike thinks so, and he has some ideas about how to start.
For years, Scott Ambler has been working with organizations around the world to help them to improve their software processes and be more agile. One insight he has gleaned from this work in the trenches is that terminology matters. He demonstrates that in this issue with an article that sorts out several similar-sounding terms from software development, and works through a concrete product-development example to show how the terms differ and how using terms correctly can help keep your development efforts on track.
One of the challenges of Continuous Delivery (CD) arises when a feature spans multiple commits, and an urgent fix needs to be released before the development of that feature is complete. When a feature is completed and deployed to production, teams also need a way to experiment safely, beta testing with a small group of users and being able to roll back quickly if an undesirable experience is observed. Feature toggles to the rescue. Darren Sim explains this practice, which was common twenty years ago and is being rediscovered today.
Net neutrality was the big tech policy story last year. It might be the big tech policy story this year, too. The battle is not over, it is just moving to another venue. Your editor reviews what net neutrality is, what the arguments for and against are, what happened at the FCC last year, and what to expect this year.
What else? Cryptocurrencies, the history of online, a sudoku-slash-anagram puzzle, plus Johanna Rothman on how WIP limits can reduce backlog pressure, Marcus Blankenship on why your company may be doing onboarding wrong, Antonio Cangiano on all the new tech books, and John Shade on his predictions for 2018.
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