Archive | August, 2011

Geek Reading August 28, 2011

I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my Google Reader shares. I hope you enjoy today’s items, and please participate in the discussions on those sites. Digest powered by RSS Digest Read Original Post

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Monad Transformers in Scala

Monads don’t compose .. and hence Monad Transformers. A monad transformer maps monads to monads. It lets you transform a monad with additional computational effects. Stated simply, if you have a monadic computation in place you can enrich it incrementally with additional effects like states and errors without disturbing the whole structure of your program. […]

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Bootstrapping Culture Without Freaking People Out.

Our tour guide sat in front of the bus. Every day for the duration of our trip through Eastern Turkey. That bus was our home for a month. If have been in plenty of buses before. And there wasn’t anything special this time. Except. The tour guide drew maps on the windows. She would tell […]

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Protecting the Team Cuts Both Ways

It is a generally accepted Scrum dictum that one of the ScrumMaster’s duties is to protect the team. The usual example is that the ScrumMaster must protect the team from an overly aggressive product owner. There is nothing wrong with this example and many teams do need to be protected from a product owner whose […]

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Geek Reading August 14, 2011

I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my Google Reader shares. Amazon prepared to buy their spot atop the Android tablet ladder with a $249 device? An example of not-Crystal I hope you enjoy today’s items, […]

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The End of Agile

As of 2011, the codification of the principles that comprise “agile” is now ten years old. Do you think it should survive unchanged another ten? Is this the end of agile? A few years ago I was giving one of my Pragmatic Thinking & Learningworkshops, and we were talking about the value of a wide-ranging education […]

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Work In Process Limits, Revisited

I am noticing a troubling trend with many of the organizations I interact with. The project teams have a release date, a relatively fixed team size, and somewhere between 5 to 10 times more work in the backlog than they are ever actually going to get finished. People are in absolute denial about how much […]

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