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Valtech Days: twitter feed gave live updates

At Agile 2008 Conference in Toronto, Brian Marick told us that he wanted a way to give every participant a feel of what was being discussed, some kind of live temperature reading. Brian especially refered to Twitter as a way … Continue reading

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Valtech Days are tomorrow!

Valtech Days are starting tomorrow! We are all very excited. I will be presenting 3 things: Retrospectives: the key to continuous improvement, together with Laurent Bossavit A 15-mins demonstration of Hudson Introduction to the Open Space part of the conference … Continue reading

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Valtech Days: bio & abstract for Jeff McKenna

Jeff McKenna will be opening the Valtech Days conference on October 21th with a keynote on Agile. We got his bio in English, as well as the abstract for his talk. We duly translated into French, but could not take … Continue reading

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Next Talk: TDD Training

I am giving a 3-day TDD training session at Valtech Training premises, from Monday, October 6th. I’ll introduce a Coding Dojo, like we did in the TDD training last week.

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Valtech Days: presentations in English

I have spent quite some time translating the titles of the presentations at Valtech Days for Jeff McKenna. I thought it would be a good idea to give you the information too!   The conference aims at gathering 300 participants around … Continue reading

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Improvised Coding Dojo

In the past three days, I have taught Test-Driven Development to a group of Java developers in Brittany. I thought it was a good idea to arrange an inpromptu Coding Dojo. That contained a moderate risk, as all dojos I … Continue reading

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DSLs: first, make them easy to read

Yesterday, I went to a presentation of Groovy at Paris JUG by Guillaume Laforge. One of his points was that Groovy is well-suited for designing DSLs – Domain Specific Languages. I think he said something along the lines of “with … Continue reading

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GWT, Flex, JavaFX, Silverlight or JQuery? The jury is still out

Like everyone else, we are interested in new frameworks to design richer web interfaces, usually known as RIA – Rich Internet Applications. Most people will agree that there are three big contenders, but they all have limitations: GWT, though my … Continue reading

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Music Lesson

Yesterday evening, we attended a concert at Salle Pleyel, the most prestigious French venue for classical music. The host was Ravi Shankar, one of the masters of classical Hindustani music in general, and of sitar in particular. It was not … Continue reading

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A4 Reports as Iteration Reports

Many people have asked me to talk about the A4 Reports that I have introduced on one of our projects. I’ve postponed this for a look time, but I finally got around to do it. The idea came from the … Continue reading

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Agile 2008: My presentations are bigger than yours

With Agile 2008 just around the corner, superlatives abound: “largest Agile conference in the world“, “premier international conference in agile development“, “a production team of highly respected Agile experts“, “spans the whole spectrum of agile practice“. Participating companies are also … Continue reading

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Agile 2008 – what’s in Breaking Acts?

Only 3 weeks to go before Agile 2008, the main agile conference. I am very excited, as Laurent Bossavit has kindly invited me to join him in organizing the Breaking Acts (BA) track for the conference. Also, many colleagues of … Continue reading

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Make clear to every team members that they are all in charge of all tasks

Just from this morning, on the Lean Development mailing list. Mary Poppendieck: The problem with roles – ANY roles – is that they tend to become a laundry list of stuff a person is expected to do, instead of a … Continue reading

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Planet Valtech France, a blog aggregator, is there

I am proud to announce the availability of Planet Valtech, our syndication page for blogs written by my fellow consultants. This site aggregates mostly blogs from consultants at Valtech France. However, I have also added Dave Nicolette‘s (from Valtech US), … Continue reading

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Oracle-BEA integration: not out of trouble yet

I am looking the latest version of Weblogic as a replacement for our aging Weblogic 8.1.4 installation. I first downloaded Weblogic Server 10.3 Technology Preview, anticipating that we would take a while before actually deploying it, and that BEA who … Continue reading

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