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In this blog I will share the lessons I have learned in real time as a junior developer. Because I work in an Agile world, I will also share my experiences with Agile development

Not the brightest in the box

If I determined a motto for my academic life, it would be: Not the brightest crayon in the box Sure, I am grateful to be a crayon in a box, but to say that I am the crayon shining at the top ends as wishful thinking. I was late to the computer science wave, having...

Book Review: Leading Agile Teams

Ever since my first exposure to agile development my sophomore year of college, I have been an agile enthusiast - whatever that means. I do not live and breath agile or exhibit a fanboy-like enthusiasm, but the more I read about it the more it makes sense to me. After...

Scrum in Construction – Part II

Note: This is the second article in a 2 part series. To read the first article, click here. To officially wrap up this project I held a “release retro” with the individuals involved. It was no different than a regular sprint retro, it merely covered a longer period of...

Scrum in Construction – Part 1

Have you ever used Scrum outside of technology? I was given the opportunity to use Scrum for a project to finish remodeling a balcony. The first phase of the project was a major remodel, the second phase involved moving audio/video equipment to accommodate people...

Using Kanban to manage your life

Kanban is a lightweight approach to managing work. It helps you easily see the progress of your work and increases your focus. How? By 2 simple rules: Visualize your workflow: When my wife and I began gardening, we got in touch with a friend with a forest green...

When Practice does NOT make Perfect

I'm sure you've heard the saying, "Practice makes perfect" sometime in your life. I hear it in motivational speeches, pep talks, or when I am trying to establish a new habit. Past experience led me to believe that this statement, while having good intentions, is not...