Something to read

January 5 2009

that’s true: i’m on holiday, for a few days more. gifts, eating, relatives, friends and, furthermore, a lot of spare time.

i’ve put hands on keyboard working on stuff for next presentations and had a few spikes (did you know that jakarta commons collection already has all the predicates-closures-functors-iterators stuff?). i also had time to read articles and blogs, so here i’m going to recap a few, and point them out to friend and colleagues which are interested in.

first, seems like Naresh Jain is spreading out Kanban and Lean, focusing on business value and getting rid of process overheads like iterations, estimations and velocity. some thoughts remind me recent discussions with Gabriele, both online on the italian eXtreme Programming mailing-list and at our local Milano XP-User Gruoup. even if i don’t completely agree and having had succes stories apply agile estimation and planning, Naresh’s posts are really worth reading, so here they are:

on the other side, there’s Mike Cohn post on “clarifying the purpose of iteration planning”, pointing out the value in breaking down stories in technical tasks during an estimation session. a good reading for all the skeptics (as i was).

Uncle Bob is also writing nice posts. i really liked to read “glory and success are not a destination, they are a point of origin”, and discovering that “the big”, those helping me in some way to be a better professional, never end learning and making mistakes. and reinventing the wheel, like in “fudge anyone”.

then, this weekend i worked on some C# code (it’s almost one year since my last .NET project), and it was really clear to me why i liked the language so much. Antonio and a few collegues more with a solid .NET background joined our team, and they often find something missing while working with Java. even if i’m not a programming languages maniac, here a few posts on Java/Ruby/C#/whatever-will-be-next:

last, for all the algoritms-geek out there, like Matteo, here’s a post on “testing graph algorithms with optimal solutions”. (i have to admit, i gave up reading after a few sentences…)

hope this brief essay was interesting!

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