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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

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...

Tips for giving your first demo

I recently gave my first demo of an application a few months ago. The application consisted of a form that would store information in a database, then another application would access that data and give users the opportunity to work with it. Before going live our team...

Using SCRUM stand-ups to make companies more personal

When I first started working for my company, we had recently doubled in size over the previous year. The partners recognized that being larger made it more difficult for individuals to know what was happening across different parts of the company. Our company found a...

Review of Platinum Edge’s Certified Scrum Master course

A few months ago, I was privileged with the opportunity of taking the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course with Mark Layton. Our company requires that all developers take this course and practice Agile development within our teams. I must confess since this is the only...