Category Archives: agile

Can PDCA Help Us Improve Our Test-First Development Efforts?

I was thinking about target conditions and the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle earlier today when a code related issue that I was having popped into head and decided to meld with the current string of thoughts. The resulting thought was leading … Continue reading 


Update on using MSDeploy for remote deployments.

This is a follow up to the post   The only trouble I have run into using this approach is that the runCommand does not bubble up error code or exit code from the command being executed on a … Continue reading 


Bugs, defects and feedback

In my last post, I talked about how we like to track bugs, with just pieces of paper.  At lot of the responses were interesting, but I think some came back to the issue of “what is a bug?”  Some … Continue reading 


My favorite bug-tracking system

I’m of the opinion that a process must demonstrate the need for software, before software is put in place to manage that process.  Bug tracking is a process, but often we jump straight to a software solution for managing/tracking bugs … Continue reading 


Video of the Continuous Integration workshop

Early this week we  ( Jeffrey Palermo and I ) gave a Continuous Integration Workshop in Austin.  We were able to record the workshop and our company Headspring Systems made the recordings available on their website. There is just under … Continue reading 


A Failed Opportunity To Coach, Teach, And Help Others Improve

A colleague in the nation of Pablo-The-Donkey asked a question on the LosTechies private mailing list: “Has anyone had experience with bringing agile into a workplace that has legacy code that hurts to touch, let alone wrap tests around and … Continue reading 


Continuous Database Integration – video

At the continuous integration workshop Headspring Systems held in Austin this week one of the topics that we covered was Database Integration. We are still in the process of publishing the videos of the entire workshop but I thought I … Continue reading 


Some Initial Thoughts On Agile Developer Skills And Certification

There’s a new mailing list over on Google Groups surrounding the ideas behind Agile Developer Skills Certification. After reading this post by Ron Jeffries, I joined up with the group and started reading the traffic. I generally share the same … Continue reading 


Free Continuous Integration Workshop in Austin Tuesday Sept 15th 1pm-5pm

  I am doing a Continuous Integration Workshop next Tuesday.  The admission is free and will be held at the Microsoft Office.  To register go here:   This will cover the basics of what continuous integration is as well … Continue reading 


A Kanban Board Is A Production Leveling Task Board

In the lean manufacturing world heijunka – production leveling – “is a technique for reducing the mura waste and vital to the development of production efficiency […]. The general idea is to produce intermediate goods at a constant rate, to … Continue reading