Blog of Rob Galanakis (@techartistsorg)

Archive for February, 2014

Agile project management versus agile development

I have a saying I like to use when discussing Scrum: Scrum is an Agile project management methodology, not an Agile development methodology. Scrum delivers tools for managing the project (planning, scheduling), but very little for how to develop (design, program, test) it. To do Agile properly, you really...

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Using code metrics effectively

As the lead of a team and then a director for a project, code metrics were very important to me. I talked about using Sonar for code metrics in my previous post. Using metrics gets to the very core of what I believe about software development: Great teams create...

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Using Sonar for static analysis of Python code

I’ve been doing static analysis for a while, first with C# and then with Python. I’ve even made an aborted attempt at a Python static code quality analyzer (pynocle, I won’t link to it because it’s dead). About a year ago we set up Sonar (http://www.sonarqube.org/) to analyze the...

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Can you grok Agile without a programming background?

The last fourteen years have been strange. The Agile movement, which was spawned out of the controversy over Extreme Programming, skyrocketed into success, and was subsequently taken over by the project managers who all but pushed the programmers out. We’ve seen the creation, the wild success, and the corresponding...

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Teaching TDD: The importance of expectations

I read this interesting article from Justin Searls about the failures of teaching TDD, and his proposed improvements. Uncle Bob wrote up an excellent response on how Justin’s grievances are valid but his solutions misguided. Justin’s article included an excellent image which he calls the “WTF now, guys?” learning...

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What a powerful thing metaprogramming is!

While editing a chapter of my book, I was introducing the concept of metaprogramming using Python’s type function. It occurred to me that I had already introduced metaprogramming several chapters earlier when introducing decorators. Defining a function within another function is as important to my programming as bread is...

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Agile Game Development is hard

I’ve spent the last few weeks trying to write a blog post about why Agile software development is inherently more difficult for games than other software. I searched for some fundamental reason, such as games being works of art, or being entertainment, or being more difficult to test, or...

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