Sustainable pace

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What is sustainable pace?

Sustainable Pace is an essential part of both Extreme Programming and the Agile Manifesto. In contrast to aspects like Test-Driven Development or Continuous Integration, Sustainable Pace is less known, less formalized, and thus is often perceived as fuzzy or diffuse. Origins The concept behind…

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April 3rd, 2014

Four day work week

I have been working 5 day weeks for 8 years now, without a significant pause. Since then I had very little time to pursue spontaneous interests in order to satisfy my curious nature. The plan So, in 2012, I challenged myself to take on an experiment: Do not spend my allotted days off on weeks of…

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December 8th, 2011

Distributed Scrum

Last night I listened to the latest episode of Software Engineering Radio, "Distributed Scrum", with Rini van Solingen. Having worked on open source projects and having mentored in Google Summer of Code for three years, I've had my share of distributed teams, but I have never done…

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November 12th, 2011

A home cinema for minimalists

In our home there is no TV. We have thrown it out about five years ago and didn't regret it. But there is one aspect I miss: watching films. We used to watch films on the computer screen, but since we've moved to a bigger apartment there is no appropriate setting that allows this in a comfortable…

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October 20th, 2011

Agile traffic - All's well that honks well

In October I've spent about 24 hours on the roads of Jakarta. At first I was annoyed, as the traffic was seemingly not moving at all, but slowly I myself was deeply moved by the subtle, graceful and yet effective way in which Indonesians manage to get from A to B. While in German traffic every tiny…

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September 10th, 2011

Management 3.0 (2011, Jurgen Appelo)

There has been a lot of buzz around Jurgen Appelo's book Management 3.0 lately. Subtitled "Leading Agile Developers, Developing Agile Leaders", Appelo introduces a model for agile management, applying the findings of complexity thinking to social systems, like agile software developing teams. First…

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