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Dr. Dobb's Agile Update 01/10


Survey: State of the IT Union

I invite you to participate in the January 2010 edition of Dr. Dobb's State of the IT Union survey. The goal of this ongoing survey series is to find out what IT professionals are actually doing in practice. The survey should take you about 5-7 minutes to complete, and your privacy will be completely protected.

At the end of the survey you will be given the chance to be entered into a draw for one of ten copies of The Art of Scalability: Scalable Web Architecture, Processes, and Organizations for the Modern Enterprise by Martin Abbott and Michael Fisher published in December 2009 by Addison Wesley.

The results of this survey will be summarized in a forthcoming article by Scott Ambler. Furthermore, this is an open survey, so the source data (without identifying information to protect your privacy), a summary slide deck, and the original source questions will be posted at www.ambysoft.com/surveys/ so that others may analyze the data for their own purposes. Data from previous surveys have been used by university students and professors for their research papers, and hopefully the same will be true of the data from this survey. The results from several other surveys are already posted there, so please feel free to take advantage of this resource.

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The article Introduction to TDD describes how TTD works in practice.

My article Generalizing Specialists: Improving Your IT Skills argues that part of becoming agile is to move away from being overly specialized to have both one or more specialties as well as a general knowledge of the software process.

The article Agile Best Practice: Executable Specifications describes the practice of capturing specifications in the form of executable tests instead of as written documentation.

The Danger of Detailed Speculations summarizes the evidence around how detailed specifications can increase, not decrease, the risk on your IT projects.

The results of the Dr. Dobb's Software Development Project Success Rates Survey Results: December 2008 are available online.

In Agile Testing and Quality Strategies: Discipline Over Rhetoric I overview strategies for testing and quality assurance on agile teams, one of which is TDD.

My February 2008 Dr. Dobb's article Scaling Test-Driven Development (TDD), describes the agile approach to parallel independent testing.

Agile Model Driven Development (AMDD): The Key to Scaling Agile Software Development summarizes agile modeling and documentation practices.

The results of the 2008 Ambysoft Test Driven Development (TDD) survey are available online.

My paper Introduction to the Agile Scaling Model summarizes the ASM framework which provides advice for scaling agile strategies to meet the unique needs of your project.

Rethinking the Role of Business Analysts: Towards Agile Business Analysts? presents a roadmap for how business analysts can become agile.

The Surveys Exploring the Current State of Information Technology Practices page links to the results of all the Dr. Dobb's surveys which I've run over the years.

My Agility@Scale blog discusses strategies for adopting and applying agile strategies in the complex environments.


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