Month: July 2008

DisplayLink works well

A few months ago, at the ACCU conference in April to be exact, I was lucky enough to be given a Display Link adaptor. For those who don’t know this device, or the company, it is a little box of magic that plugs into a USB port at one end and a regular monitor at …

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EuroPLoP 2008

I’m back and recovering from EuroPLoP 2008. As usual I am physically exhausted and mentally energised. Physically its a very healthy conference for me (lots of outdoor swimming, sauna and good food) – except for the large quantities of beer and small amounts of sleep which occur when you spend all night in the bar …

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Moody's bug rumbles on

The Financial Times has reported more about fallout from the Moody’s credit rating bug in the last couple of days: Moody’s to investigate staff over rating bug (page 1) and Moody’s to check on accuracy. I blogged about this a few weeks ago and had a very interesting comment pointing out that despite the bug …

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Pattern season is here again

Apologies to readers for the mass of blog entries this week. I normally aim for about one post a week, or perhaps two short ones if they are very different ideas. Having been at Tom Gilb’s seminar last week I had a whole bunch of ideas and thoughts I wanted to record – and share …

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How do you measure Agility?

Here’s a suggestion: Agility is a measure of the time it takes between an organization deciding something and action being taken. Ideally you would also measure the time it takes from an event to the organization recognising the event, realising a decision was needed, making it and then acting. But some events aren’t events, they …

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Confirmation bias

Couple more thoughts I picked up last week… I finally found out the name of something I’ve know about for a while: Confirmation bias. This is the brain’s tendency to seek out information that supports are existing beliefs, and to put more faith in evidence that supports out current beliefs; rather than take a purely …

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Scrum is the new XP

Another insight I had last week: Scrum is the new Extreme Programming. Or rather Scrum is the new Agile Software Development. Before there was Agile Software Development there was Extreme Programming – or just XP. XP got all the attention and coverage. Then the term Agile was adopted by Kent Beck, Jim Highsmith, Martin Fowler …

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