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Jurgen Appelo07/18/13
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The New CEO: Creative Ecosystem Organizer

Jurgen Appelo recently became the CEO of a new company. He doesn't like the title Chief Executive Officer. So he came up with a new translation for CEO. Here's why he doesn't like the old title and how he came up with the new one.

Martin Fowler07/18/13
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Story Point

Story points are a common name for sizing stories in agile projects. Combined with XpVelocity they provide a technique to aid planning by providing a forecast of when stories can be completed. Here's Martin Fowler's overview of Story Points.

Michael Norton07/18/13
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Best Practices are Subjective and Fleeting

Every team should be looking at their approach, questioning their perceptions, and putting their "best practices" to the test. Let's look at Hungarian Notation as an example of reviewing a "best practice".

Allen Coin07/17/13
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Dev of the Week: Dr. Richard Warburton

This week we're talking to Dr. Richard Warburton, developer at jClarity, author of an upcoming O'Reilly book on Java 8 Lambdas, and PhD in Computer Science.

Leigh Shevchik07/17/13
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In Any Language: Adapting to the Polyglot Programming Challenge

Do you write most of your software in the same language? If so, you might be getting left behind. One obvious tactic: get familiar with new languages and decide when to take them seriously.

John Sonmez07/16/13
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Understanding The Problem Domain Is The Hardest Part Of Programming

After reflecting on hit early days of learning to code. John Sonmez found that the single hardest thing about programming is learning the problem domain.

Johanna Rothman07/15/13
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Organizing An Agile Program, Part 5: Measurements That Might Mean Something to a Program

This post from Johanna Rothman covers all of the things that you could potentially want to measure in an agile team. This can depend on the size of your teams, so this post looks at these conditions as well.

Mitch Pronschinske07/14/13
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Spend Your Power Wisely

In this Xebia-sponsored TED Knowledge Exchange, we hear from a developer who spent a year working on a project that was never used. Hear his story and learn how you can make sure that your power is spent wisely.

Taylor Hawkes07/12/13
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The 5 biggest PHP newb coding mistakes

We were all PHP programming newbs at one point and we all had our own flavor of writing horrible code, but I think there are a few mistakes that pretty much all new PHP programmers will make. This is not meant to insult new coders (in fact these code examples are from some of my first websites), the goal is to help new programmers identify poor practices so they can improve and land that next big gig.

Lorna Mitchell07/12/13
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Twitter Search API Using PHP and Guzzle

Twitter updated their APIs recently, so that you have to authenticate to use even their search APIs to return publicly-available results. Here's how Lorna Mitchell updated her dashboards that keep an eye on twitter searches.

Martin Fowler07/12/13
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Martin Fowler on Extreme Programming

Martin Fowler looks back at the beginnings of Agile and XP. Fowler says that most ThoughtWorks projects operate in a style that is primarily influenced by XP but not necessarily defined as XP. Hear from Fowler about how Kent Beck developed XP over the course of his consulting ...

Sony Arouje07/12/13
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Is Our Strategy of Identifying Experience Flawed?

In our current system we judge experience based on number of years. Is number of years the best criteria for judging a person’s experience?

Dave Bush07/11/13
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SSD–The Single Best Investment You can Make In your Computer

Hear about the author's first had experience that proves just how much faster an SSD drive makes your computer. Looking for a way to increase your productivity? This is it.

John Sonmez07/11/13
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How Religion Destroys Programmers

"When I look back at my development career, it seems to me that every programming language I was using at any given time was clearly the best one." Does this sound like you? If so, then you may be a 'religious' programmer. Let's take a look and see if you are.

Mitch Pronschinske07/11/13
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Protect Your Private Git Repos From the NSA

Thinking about shielding your private code repositories from the NSA's prying eyes may seem like an overly paranoid thought, but with the scope of major web companies' involvement I can't say I would blame anyone for bringing their repos in-house.