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What is behind the “Open Space” concept – part 1

Harrison Owen was an ambitious person. In 1983, he tried to organize the best conference ever. After taking care of all details, making sure everything works perfectly and gathering the right speakers and the right people, the conference finally took place. The feedback from the attendees was: the conference was great, but the best thing …

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Agile Architecture Myths #4 Because you are agile you can change your system fast!

(Guest blog post by Rebecca Wirfs-Brock, originally appeared on her blog. Republished with permission.) Agile designers embrace change. But that doesn’t mean change is always easy. Some things are harder to change than others. So it is good to know how to explain this to impatient product stakeholders, program managers, or product owners when they ask …

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Do We Need Architecture when Doing Agile or Lean?

Let’s say you start an agile project. You identify the requirements, write them down as user stories, define your releases, setup the infrastructure. Are you ready to start sprinting? Before we can answer, let’s try adding in more context. I see two different situations:  1. You have one team that will build an application starting …

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Estimation Techniques Meetup: Sprint Planning

The Bucharest Agile Community had a meetup on “Estimation Techniques”. The topic was picked in the spring by the community and was so popular that a second session was required. The discussion on sprint planning was easier because less risks are involved. Beside the classic planning poker with story points we discussed about a few …

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Estimation Techniques Meetup – Release Planning

Wednesday night, Bucharest Agile Community had a meetup on “Estimation Techniques”. The topic was picked in the spring by the community and was so popular that a second session was required. This post is about the first part of the meetup. 15 people, including about four newcomers, discussed about estimations in two contexts: before the …

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ALE2013, the last day

ALE2013 finished with the most fantastic day. It started with some minutes of wakeup gymnastics. After the speakers introduced their talks, attendees chose between talks on lean startup, continuous improvement, offers and pricing or software design. The offer was very attractive and again we had to choose one talk out of three going on at a …

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First day of the unconference ALE2013

The first magic day started with the open intro made by the organizers. Jurgen Appelo had the opening keynote about the new organizational structure of the 21st century: the network, not the hierarchy. I realized from his talk that learning through experiments and remembered is the way to improve. After the speakers introduced their talk, it was challenging …

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The very last day before ALE2013

We are ready for ALE. Are you? I was at Radisson Blu Hotel this evening for the last day of ALE2013 preparations. The venue is ready to receive all the ALE2013 attendees. The organizers, including the Mozaic Work team and the volunteers prepared the unconference rooms with logistic and materials. Everything is in place for …

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