Archives for August 2009
You want to be agile. You want to realize value for your customers as fast as possible. And you want to get better every time you do something. Great! But beware! You might get caught in the busyness trap.
Downloading OpenSolaris packages from pkg.opensolaris.org is extremely slow, at least here in Germany. As we were planning to upgrade our OpenSolaris boxes from 2008.11 to 2009.06 during a downtime, we needed a significant speedup.
Package Repository Mirrors
Fortunately, it’s pretty simple to setup a mirror yourself. Just grab the 7.2 GB disk image of the complete repository (from a OpenSolaris mirror nearby), copy it to your harddrive and get the preinstalled pkg server running. Then you’re only one command away from actually using it. Here are the steps, one by one in detail:
It’s been a while since we were using Thoughtworks Mingle as our agile project management tool. We liked their Kanban style Card Walls View a lot.
Nevertheless, we switched to PivotalTracker because of its superior support of prioritizing stories in a backlog and automated iteration planning. Unfortunately, PivotalTracker does not offer any Kanban style card wall view. Interestingly enough, Mingle has now caught up and is offering the possibility to “Prioritize and rearrange by drag-n-drop to reflect the actual order of execution of your stories“.
Walking once again through the twelve principles behind the Agile Manifesto, I realized how tailored they are for software development projects. Yet experience has shown that agile practices are not strictly limited to development projects, but to all areas involved in bringing a software product to the users.
Here is my version of the twelve principles adopted to fit to web platforms. Find my changes in italics: