Alex Bolboaca

JIRA vs. Agility

Does JIRA help agility? Does it hinder it? Why do some people love it and others hate it? We decided to tackle the elephant in many agile rooms, and react to a few articles about JIRA vs. agility. Here are the links: https://www.andykelk.net/agile/why-all-the-jira-hate-ill-tell-you-why https://deviniti.com/blog/enterprise-software/why-hate-jira/ https://techcrunch.com/2018/12/09/jira-is-an-antipattern/ https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/11/death-to-jira/ Adi Bolboaca is a VP, trainer and coach at …

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Debunking Myths About Programming – Episode 1

We debunk a few myths about programming submitted from twitter: Pair programming is pay two people for doing one person job Business people can’t understand technical stuff. Developers can’t understand business stuff Writing software is a mere technical job You have to do … (agile, scrum, kanban, whateva) A high skilled software developer is always …

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DDD vs. the Real World

We analyze and react to the insightful article by Rebecca Wirfs-Brock and Mathias Verraes called “Design and Reality”, that describes how ubiquitous language is different from domain language, and how additional domain elements can be found and influence the problem domain. The article is here: http://www.wirfs-brock.com/blog/2021/09/13/design-and-reality/

CUPID vs. SOLID

Dan North has recently published an article detailing his proposal for replacing SOLID principles with a set of design properties that he named CUPID. We look at his initial article describing his criticism of SOLID principles and at the new article describing the CUPID design properties, and give a verdict: should we all switch to …

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Reaction to Mazda Infotainment System Bricked By Radio Station

We react to the Ars Technica article on how a radio station transmission bricked the Mazda infotainment system https://arstechnica.com/cars/2022/02/radio-station-snafu-in-seattle-bricks-some-mazda-infotainment-systems/. All we can say is: if you’re afraid something like this might happen, perhaps we can work together on an automated testing strategy.

Enabling Constraints for Agile Technical Leadership

Constraints are desirable for agile teams, when they enable the teams to develop in the direction that helps the organization. Leaders should set enabling constraints and monitor how they help the team, while also removing existing blocking constraints. We chat about the fundamentals of enabling constraints and discuss examples from technical practices. Adi Bolboaca is …

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Woody Zuill – No Estimates, Mob Programming and More

Woody Zuill helps teams create an environment where everyone can excel in their work and life. He contributed to the industry with ideas related to No Estimates / Beyond Estimates, Mob Programming, and more around Lean Software Development and Systems Thinking in software development teams. You can reach him on twitter @woodyZuill, on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/woodyzuill/ …

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Moldable Development with Tudor Girba

Tudor Gîrba (tudorgirba.com) is a software environmentalist and co-founder of feenk.com where he works with an amazing team on Glamorous Toolkit (gtoolkit.com), a novel IDE that enables moldable development (moldabledevelopment.com). In 2014, he won the prestigious Dahl-Nygaard Junior Prize for his software engineering research (aito.org), being the only recipient of that prize that was not …

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