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Periodically, people ask whether Agile is a cargo-cult. The simple answer is – yes. Because everything is to some degree. People find something that works and they attempt to make it work for things that it was not designed for. It’s a natural strategy to try and sometimes it works. But we shouldn’t be surprised when it falls short. Sometimes different problems require completely different solutions. Scale may be one of those problems.

Michael Feathers – Moving Past the Scaling Myth

Who is your failure helping?

True story: I once worked on a project where I was told from the outset that “we probably will not use your code”. This was back when I worked at a big defense contractor. There were negotiations under way for an expanded contract that would obviate the work I was doing, if it were signed. […]

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RubyTapas Screencasts

RubyTapas Screencasts

Small plates of gourmet Ruby code.

Confident Ruby

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32 Patterns for joyful coding.

The Making of

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Watch me build an app in Sinatra and Rails

Objects on Rails

Objects on Rails

A developer notebook on applying classic Object-Oriented principles to Ruby on Rails projects.

Exceptional Ruby

Exceptional Ruby

The definitive guide to exceptions and failure handling in Ruby.