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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Yearling
Mar
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answered Using JSTestdriver to test UI/DOM?
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10
comment good books about Scrum and XP
+1 for Agile Retrospectives. Retros are one of those things that most teams don't spend enough time focusing on and then wonder why their sprints have a certain "Groundhog Day" feel to them. It's amazing what adopting just a couple of the techniques in that book can do for a team's morale and sense of ownership of the process...
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answered good books about Scrum and XP
Oct
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comment Does Silverlight have a future?
I think as a "Web" technology, you might argue that HTML, JavaScript and CSS are the skills you should focus on going forward. It's a set of technologies that will give you access to almost any platform (including, quite notably, mobile). That said, while you may see less and less Silverlight in web applications, I don't think it will go away anytime soon. Also, bear in mind if you're a new programmer this won't be the first or last shift in technology you'll experience. Go with what gets you excited!
Oct
31
answered Does Silverlight have a future?
Oct
25
comment What benefits for the developer does the Ruby language offer that C# does not have?
+1 on that "What Is So Great About Ruby?" article. Excellent read.
Oct
22
comment Are code reviews necessary for junior developers?
+1 on this. For a junior developer in particular, it's as much about learning as it is about "correctness". Pairing, in addition to being good for quality (shortening of the quality feedback loop) is great for learning. Working with a junior dev through a problem is way more valuable than reviewing a solution at the end of the process.
Oct
21
answered When there are multiple scrum teams, how often should the 'scrum of scrums' meet and who should attend?
Oct
21
answered Do social networks increase development productivity?
Oct
20
comment Can the ScrumMaster and other team members be managed by the Product Owner?
Wow. I want a PO and manager like Mick, then :p Sadly, however, I think this type of manager/work environment is pretty rare. Even having the Scrum Master as part of a "traditional" hierarchy can be potentially problematic. As Mick points out, you really have to have your "hats" sorted out - which not everybody has the self-awareness to do well
Oct
19
answered Are enforced Professional Development Plans useful?
Oct
19
comment Do good project managers need a programming background?
To some extent, I suppose that's right. On the other hand, I think we as programmers need to do a better job at communicating and learning how to think like a non-technical person would think. I think it's a natural part of one's maturation as a professional. Not only that, it's a hell of a lot easier to change yourself than it is to change somebody else :p
Oct
19
answered How much Code Coverage is “enough”?
Oct
19
awarded  Supporter
Oct
19
answered Managers X Motivation
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19
answered Is there a canonical book on Agile?
Oct
19
answered Who does test-driven development?
Oct
19
awarded  Teacher