Software development using Scrum is not a sprint, it’s a decathalon.

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  • You get points for each event.
  • You have to change your mindset and use different muscles for each event.
  • Poor performance in one event can mess you up in others.
  • You don’t know if you’ve won or lost until all the points are totaled.

(with credit to Jeff Gothelf)


I’m psyched that my proposal has been accepted to present on the Kanban methodology at next year’s (Oracle Developer Tool Users Group) Kaleidoscope conference.  Though I have no idea how I’m going to cram all the cool stuff about this awesome task management methodology into the allotted time, without talking way too fast!  Maybe I should use the technique of 500 slides that rip along at one every 5 seconds?  I saw that once and it was very cool.

Title: Using Kanban to increase your development throughput

Topic: Building Better Software – Subtopic: Agile

Description: The Kanban methodology was developed at Toyota in the 1940’s as a production line scheduling tool for just-in-time building. It’s been adapted to software development as a way to improve software delivery throughput, reliability and customer satisfaction in an IT/programming environment, while having significantly lower overhead than most Agile implementations. This session will cover the basics of the Kanban methodology and how it applies in development environments, focusing on the improvements to team productivity and improved relationships with software consumers. It will also present a case study of Dartmouth College’s IMS team implementation of Kanban during the past 2 years, including our implementation of Kanban, immediate productivity benefits, changes to long-term relationships with end-user departments and the improvement in the team’s reputation, morale and productivity.

Link: Kanban to increase your development throughput

I hope to see plenty of you there!  Hey anyone want to share a room?  I’m self-funding this time!  🙂

All I can say is Wow!

That’s it.  Nothing more here…

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Moving back and forth

June 13, 2008

I stopped maintaining this blog because I’d moved it to the Oracle Community, but that software lacks so many good features that I’m probably moving back.

I’m also trying out free note-taking database software, EverNote, to keep track of all the Oracle Apex tips and tricks I’m learning. It has a web interface as well and says it has a widget I can use to share here, but can’t seem to connect to WordPress. So far… sigh…

That Apex notebook is here:

I’m probably moving back here shortly. I’m so decisive! :-/

I’m back!

January 24, 2008

Yeah it’s been a while.

I’m learning about Oracle’s web application builder, Application Express (aka Apex).  I thought this would be a good place for me to store what I’ve learned as I go.  So the posts are mostly for me, but if someone gets something out of them, all the better.

Not exactly a software tool, but…

My friend Mike Silverman has started a new venture that combines two of his interests – ultra races and organizing people – into The Ultra Running Camp of New England.  This (ad)venture is a camp for ultra-runners who want to get stronger, faster and smarter about ultra-running.  Mike’s been involved with the Vermont 100 and the Vermont 50 endurance runs for many years, as well as being an avid mountain biker himself.  He’s gotten together with some top people in the field of ultra-running to put on this great camp over a long weekend in June, just in time for race season.

If you’re into ultrarunning, you should definitely check out their website:

Very slick, easy to use, shareable, version history, supports links from Confluence. Free signup.

Cool stuff for geeks!

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